What is Chronic Halitosis?
This common problem bears a social stigma. Therefore, it has been seized upon by the advertising trade in an effort to promote and sell an amazing array of products, from toothpastes to breath sweeteners, mouthwashes and throat gargles.
Many people believe they have a foul breath when, in fact, this may occur only on rare occasions. They develop a psychological fixation about it, when they should be doing other things of more value in life. Often the confirmed halitosis person is one who is totally unaware of the foul breath he or she is puffing over all and sundry.
Chronic Halitosis Causes
There are many causes, and most of the common ones are readily rectified with simple measures. Pieces of food caught between the teeth, often hidden food traps between and behind teeth, are a very common cause. Particles of meat, poultry and fish can soon cause an unpleasant breath. Tiny ulcerations on the gums (frequently hidden from view), tongue, tonsils or oral cavity in general, will often produce superficial blood or pus that can yield a very unpleasant odor.
Eating certain foods may be responsible for bad breath, and nearly everyone knows about garlic products and the aftermath these produce.
Dental cavities may produce halitosis, and this will persist until corrective dental attention has been carried out. The tonsils are to blame in many cases. Often chronic infection in this area, with the presence of a whitish-yellowish cheesy material in the crypts, may be the troublemaker.
Sometimes more deep-seated causes are present. This may include infections of the sinuses that may chronically produce a fetid breath. Also, infections in the nasal passages or the bronchial passageways can cause this problem.
Bronchiectasis and abscesses in the lungs are also notorious, but these conditions should already be under treatment if they exist.
Constipation has often been blamed, but this is doubtful. Belching ill-smelling wind from the stomach (often related to dietetic indiscretions) can also play a part.
The unpleasant breath of the tobacco smoker is too foul for words in many instances, and the cure is obvious if the will to stop smoking is also present. Unfortunately, it is often lacking. Smoking is probably the most common cause of halitosis.
Chronic Halitosis Treatment
Treatment is aimed at the obvious causes. Often these stand out in a glaring manner when attention is focused on them, and an effort is made to seek out each possibility and take action. Regular cleaning of the teeth and gum massage is beneficial. Removing obvious and hidden food particles from their crypts is a definite advantage. Rinsing and gargling the mouth and throat with hot, salty water often assists. Munching raw fruit (such as a raw apple after lunch) can mechanically assist in clearing the teeth and mouth of hidden debris. Attention to infected sinuses or tonsils and oral ulcers will often rid the system of other troublemaking areas.
Antacids may assist with dyspeptic problems. Reduction (or preferably total cessation) of smoking always helps in a remarkable manner.