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When Bad Breath Requires More Than A Mouth Wash

Bad breath is the bane of many people’s lives, and more often than not it occurs in people who have an aversion to their toothbrush, individuals who can’t get through the day without twenty cups of coffee, or are overly fond of adding garlic to every last food dish they can get their hands on.

However, certain kinds of bad breath can be a sign of more worrying underlying condition that may need to be addressed. Read on:

1.Fishy Breath

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Before we continue let us clarify we are not referring to people whose staple diet is of the seafood variety, and you can rule out the other possibility some of you may be considering. Fishy breath can be due to fish odour syndrome or Trimethylaminuria (the term given to people with fishy body odour and breath) is a real and hellish problem for some people. A genetic disease, liver, and kidney disease, too many proteins in the diet, and a build of bacteria can trigger this problem. For the majority of people, however, it is due to poor hygiene.

Treatments include diet restriction and mouthwash.

2.Garlic Breath

Garlic breath in people who don’t live on garlic can be a sign of a more serious health concern. Emotional stress can apparently trigger the apocrine glands to produce oily sweat whereby sulphur-producing bacteria thrive, resulting in garlic breath.

Other causes are exposure to arsenic, or certain chemicals. However, if this is the cause, you probably want to put the bad breath concern to the back of the queue.

3.Fruity Breath

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This is probably one of the less embarrassing odours but may have a more serious cause. Untreated Diabetes often produces a sweet/fruity smelling breath.

4.Foul breath: Conditions such as acid reflux and GERD (Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease) can develop in the mouth, as a result of slowly processed food that begins to decay.

Respiratory tract infections can also enable bacteria to manifest and multiple, thus creating bad breath.