Halitosis 2

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

One of the most common causes of bad breath is a decrease in saliva production. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill explains why.

Dr. Hill:

Everybody has halitosis, or bad breath, from time to time, especially when awakening in the morning. You also may have bad breath when you are hungry, when you are dieting or after eating foods with a strong odor, such as garlic, onions or pastrami.

Many things can cause bad breath. A major cause is decreased saliva. Saliva has a cleaning action that helps reduce or eliminate bad breath. When saliva is reduced, bacteria can grow, causing bad breath.

Bad breath from a decrease in saliva most frequently happens:

In the morning. Salivary flow almost stops during sleep.

When you are hungry. Bad breath is more common in people who miss meals or are dieting. Chewing food increases saliva in the mouth.

When you are dehydrated. When you become dehydrated, you do not produce as much saliva.

When you suffer from diseases that affect the saliva glands, such as Sjgren's syndrome or scleroderma, and

After drinking alcoholic beverages.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.