Have you ever got that nasty feeling in your mouth where you know you brushed your teeth but if feels like you haven’t and your breath stinks? Believe it or not, not all bad breath comes from just the mouth… it can also come from your sinuses. And, there are several ways in which sinuses can cause that nasty, smelly breath:
– Post nasal drip
– Mouth breathing
– Cleft palate
Post Nasal Drip
Post nasal drop is that extra bit of mucus that drips to the back of your mouth, which can be caused by allergies, colds and even bacterial infections. When there is an extra bit of mucus, it causes an environment that allows bacteria to thrive – causing the bad breath.
Sinusitis is much like post nasal drip in the way it causes bad breath; but, it’s just the fancy name for a sinus infection. When you have this condition, the sinuses become inflamed, which will cause the mucus to stop circulating and accumulate. When this happens, bacteria can thrive and cause that filthy odor. Sinusitis can be caused by a number of things like colds, allergies and a tooth infection.
Mouth breathing is actually a condition where the kinds of bad breath will overlap such as dry mouth and mouth breathing. There are a number of issues that can cause someone to breathe their mouth, leading to the condition dry mouth. When saliva is not present in the mouth, stinky bacteria can be a result of the issue.
Cleft palate is a condition that produces a region that allows bacteria to grow and thrive without being disturbed, resulting in bad breath.
Solutions To Bad Breath
Solutions… there are many of them but they’re not a one-size fits all for bad breath. The reason is that bad breath has a number of causes, which means treatment for them can vary. Remember, just chewing gum or sucking on a mint is only covering the problem, not curing it. To battle the bad breath, you need to fight the actual cause behind it, regardless of what it is. You might need to take antibiotics or have surgery (although that’s usually a last resort).
If you suffer with chronic bad breath, you should speak with either your doctor or dentist to find out what is causing it and begin treatment right away.