Bad Breath and Ayurveda Part 1

Bad Breath and Ayurveda 

Bad breath is a common problem that can cause significant psychological distress, depression. It is also called as Halitosis. There are a number of possible causes of bad breath, but the vast majority come down to oral hygiene. Bad breath is the third most common reason that people seek dental care, after tooth decay and gum disease.  Bad breath can cause significant worry, embarrassment, and anxiety. If particles of food are left in the mouth, their breakdown by bacteria produces sulfur compounds. There are a number of potential causes and treatments available. Simple home remedies and lifestyle changes, such as improved dental hygiene and quitting smoking, can often remove the issue. If bad breath persists, however, it is advisable to visit a doctor to find out causes.

Causes

  • Food:The breakdown of food particles stuck in the teeth can cause odors. Some foods such as onions and garlic can also cause bad breath. After they are digested, their breakdown products are carried in the blood to the lungs where they can affect the breath.
  • Oral hygiene:Brushing and flossing ensure the removal of small particles of food that can build up and slowly break down, producing odor. A film of bacteria called plaque builds up if brushing is not regular. This plaque can irritate the gums and cause inflammation between the teeth and gums called periodontitis. Dentures that are not cleaned regularly or properly can also harbor bacteria that cause bad breath.
  • Dry mouth:Saliva naturally cleans the mouth. If the mouth is naturally dry or dry due to a specific disease, such as xerostomia odors can build up.
  • Tobacco, Alcohol:Tobacco products cause their own types of mouth odor. Tobacco, alcohol increases the chances of gum disease which can also cause bad breath.
  • Crash diets:Fasting and low-carbohydrate eating programs can produce bad breath. This is due to the breakdown of fats producing chemicals called ketones. These ketones have a strong aroma.
  • Drugs:Certain medications can reduce saliva and, therefore, increase odors. Other drugs can produce odors as they breakdown and release chemicals in the breath. Examples include nitrates used to treat angina, chemotherapy chemicals, and some tranquilizers, ( phenothiazines). Individuals who take vitamin supplements in large doses can also be prone to bad breath.
  • Mouth, nose, and throat conditions:Sometimes, small, bacteria-covered stones can form on the tonsils at the back of the throat and produce odor. Also, infections or inflammation in the nose, throat, or sinuses can cause bad breath.
  • Foreign body:Bad breath can be caused if they have a foreign body lodged in their nasal cavity, especially in children
  • Diseases
  • Acidity, Gases
  • Some cancers,
  • liver failure,
  • Metabolic diseases /Digestive disorders
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Ketoacidosis
  • Diabetes
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Aspiration pneumonia

-क्रमशः

                    – Dr Anand Kulkarni M.D. (Med. Ayu),

                                    CYEd, DYA, MA (Sanskrit)

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