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Dave Foreman

Your Breath Stinks!

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

You're not alone. It is estimated that about half of the people in the U.S have bad breath. Bad breath is called Halitosis in the dental field. The term Halitosis was made famous years ago with TV commercials showing what appeared to be green clouds coming from the actor's mouth.Why green (my favorite color) was used I am not sure, but the image worked. I have flashbacks to those commercials and even use the green clouds in the stories I tell my children for graphic effects. (It always makes them laugh). Most people may not even know they have bad breath (your friends won't say a word). Just step onto an elevator and you will know what I mean.

Most incidences of bad breath are believed caused by one of the following:

  • Faulty dental work
  • Impacted food
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Periodontal disease
  • Throat infections
  • Coating on the tongue
  • Sluggish Digestion
About 10% of incidences are due to health challenges like cancer, stomach ulcers, infections, liver or kidney disease and diabetes. The odor associated with bad breath derives from sulfur gasses produced by bacteria. Bacteria are part of the general environment of the body and when you combine them with poor oral hygiene you end up with bad breath. These bacteria flourish when you combine them with left over food particles. Mucous from the sinuses or throat can support growth of these odor-causing bacteria. Add any one of these conditions and then sleep on it and you have some funky breath in the morning.

Not that smelling bad isn't penalty enough -- these same gasses may also lead to periodontitis (inflammation of the gums).The worst part is that periodontal disease can also be a cause of bad breath, so the end effect could be a continual downward slide in oral health and bad breath.

The number one way to address bad breath is by improving oral hygiene. Decrease the amount of left over food particles and bacteria, and you are usually home free. This may seem oversimplified, but regular brushing and flossing may be all you need. The advent of electric toothbrushes makes accomplishing your goal easy. While brushing your teeth, don't forget to brush your tongue.Yes, it may sound silly, but it works. If not, buy a tongue-scraper.Those little bumps on your tongue could be where the little buggers are hiding.

Drinking more water can also be helpful.As your mouth dries out, your bad breath will probably get worse. Regretfully,many American's take medications that contribute to having a dry mouth. Combine this with poor hydration and there is no wonder half the population stinks.

Decreasing consumption of certain foods can also play a huge role in freshening your breath.Obviously foods that smell bad should be eliminated. Foods such as garlic, onions, meats, and fish will make your situation worse. Alcohol and refined foods can also contribute to odor problems and should be avoided as much as possible.

Besides improving oral care by more brushing and flossing, consider adding a good natural mouthwash. Many products contain oils from peppermint, clove and myrrh. Yes, these all smell great, but also have the ability to naturally kill bacteria.

Lastly, dietary supplements can be very beneficial. Using supplements that promote good oral health like CoQ10, folic acid, vitamin C and Zinc is a great way to start.These supplements are helpful in the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease -- one of the risk factors for bad breath. Zinc (used in toothpaste or mouthwashes, not tablets) have been shown to reduce the concentration of sulfur in the mouth.

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