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When halitosis originates in the oral cavity can be several causes: the presence of caries, periodontal disease, bleeding or inadequate positioning of the teeth to proper oral hygiene prevents food residue left in the mouth.
Another cause of bad breath what is the decrease in saliva in the mouth is known as dry mouth.
This may be due to factors such as age, stress or snoring during sleep.
An interesting fact is that some low-carb diets cause a condition called “the smell of hunger”, which is the result of ketosis or incomplete use of body fat.
As the doctor Pizarro, sometimes bad breath can become a chronic problem, and the sooner the patient is evaluated, the better.
What caused the smell?
As noted above, bacteria are the most common cause of bad breath, they form what is known as plaque.
Bacteria reproduce at a tremendous speed, and if they find ideal habitat in our mouths are added scraps here and there, bacterial reproduction is much greater.
In addition to the dangerous acids that lead to cavities, bacteria release volatile sulfur compounds that give off an odor. Is a characteristic of these microorganisms is reversed only when we eliminate from our mouths. Precisely for this purpose have been created countless tricks. Some, like chewing gum or mints are limited to only mask the odor. Others, however, as antibacterial mouthwashes, toothpaste, tongue cleaner or eliminate these germs, but their action is only temporary, says Dr. Pizarro.
The hydration of the oral cavity is essential in the treatment of Xerostomia. A long-term moisturizing gel is a product designed to combat the specific symptoms of dry mouth for patients who need more moisture.
In the diagnosis of xerostomia or dry mouth syndrome can be differentiated clearly between symptoms and signs. First, the symptoms, ie those that shout and feel the patient, and signs, which are the dentist or hygienist can detect or see in clinic. Symptoms typically include burning mouth, difficulty speaking, swallowing and eating, thick and stringy saliva, eating disorders, difficulty in the use of prosthetics, halitosis or dysgeusia (altered sense of taste), which the patient may to notice a metallic taste in certain foods.
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Submit gum problems could be related to other diseases. It has long been known that oral health is a reflection or indicator of overall body health.
Several studies have linked periodontal health to heart disease, stroke and pregnancy problems and new research suggests that gum disease could foreshadow the possible development of diabetes.
The discovery was published in the July issue of Diabetes Care, and is the latest report to link poor gum health with serious disease.
Last year, Harvard researchers found a surprising link between gum health and pancreatic cancer.
Between 35% of adults estimated to have some form of gum disease, nearly one in three has a worrisome level of infection. The gum disease is linked to the use of snuff, but the side effects of some medications, such as dry mouth can also contribute to oral health problems, and genetics also plays a role.
Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a state where there is a lack of saliva in the mouth. It is a condition that has multiple causes, and it is sometimes possible to treat it, or at least make the situation more comfortable. Saliva is important to keep the mouth moist and clean teeth. It neutralizes the acids produced by plaque and gets rid of dead cells that accumulate on the gums, cheeks and tongue. Saliva also prevents infection by reducing the number of bacteria and fungi in the mouth. And nutrition, saliva helps digest food by making them soft.
There are some problems that may arise from xerostomia:
1. The risk of gum disease increases when the mouth is dry;
2. The risk for cavities also increases because the saliva limit the growth of bacteria that is part of a clean food debris and plaque;
3. Saliva enhances the ability to drip and swallowing food and in addition, the enzymes in saliva help digest food; xerostomia compromises so food because it reduces the ability to appreciate and digest food ;
4. Have a dry mouth can also make it difficult to wear dentures (dentures and partials) because contact with the gums is painful when they are dry.