Halitosis is widespread and quite common. You have probably discretely stepped away from friends or colleagues with Halitosis (bad breath). But it can also be a shock to realize that others, for the same reason, may be edging (discretely) away from you!
How can you know if your breath is offensive?
Try this simple Halitosis test:
Lick the inside of your wrist and wait 4 seconds. Now smell your wrist. If you don't like what smell, your breath does not smell good either. Easy, no? An accurate and portable diagnosis!
I have a friend who is a sensitive person. We were sitting at a table and I asked him how his day was. He said OK, but his breath was bad and his stomach seemed upset. After I asked a few more questions he finally let on he that he'd had an argument with his employer. As he was telling his story he drank the big glass of water I had given him. And as soon as he'd unburdened his feelings and the water was gone. so was his bad breath/ halitosis. The moral of this story. dehydration and emotional issues can both affect our breath.
What causes Halitosis?
. Not enough water in your body, dehydration.
. Gum or tooth problems/ disease
. Intestinal/ stomach disorders, yeast infection
. Use of medications
Certain foods also cause Halitosis such as onions, coffee, and garlic. Too much spice also creates bad odor. Some of these smells may not leave your breath even after 72 hours of digestion. So reducing the intake of these products may help in some form and you may have a much tolerable breathe.
I could go on and on about the distinct varieties of Halitosis smells among those who drink alcohol, who smoke, who have diabetes, internal bleeding, liver diseases, or cancer. But I will spare you the unsavory details. The point is to focus on clean breath, and to heal the underlying causes of Halitosis, which will give you better health and more enjoyment of your life. By welcoming Halitosis as an opportunity to take preventive measures, you will be doing yourself a world of good.
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