Dental Health
October 11, 2016
Sinus problems and bad breath

In the strictest sense of the word, sinus problems have no bearing whatsoever with having halitosis. Sinus problems are caused by the clogging of a nasal veins due to excessive mucus production. This can be treated by taking medication that will unclog the sinuses and dry up the nasal cavity. {{more}}The only problem with sinus diseases is the postnasal drip. That may be what causes halitosis if not treated properly. If too much mucus is produced in the sinuses, it will overflow and the mucus may then trickle down to the oral cavity that may cause a massive influx of acid in the mouth, which will ultimately result to halitosis.

Halitosis or bad breath on the other hand is caused by a multitude of acids that exist in the oral cavity of the person inflicted with this disease. Here are some of the major causes of halitosis.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Brushing the teeth regularly is important because it gets rid of all the unwanted food particles in between the teeth that can cause major acid production that will eventually lead to bad breath. Aside from this, a person also has to floss regularly to be able to remove the excess particles that were not reached by the toothbrush.

Scraping the tongue is also important when brushing the teeth because some particles may have been left there after you have brush your teeth. If these activities are not done regularly, there is no doubt that you will be inflicted with halitosis.

Impending Health Problems

Halitosis can also be a sign of blooming health issues that you need to address immediately. People with halitosis may have liver problems as well as kidney failure and gastrointestinal issues that need to be treated immediately. This is why you never should take halitosis for granted. A serious condition that needs to be attended to and treated right away.


Another cause of halitosis may be the excessive mucus that may have dripped into the deepest parts of the mouth therefore causing acid build up. This is where sinus problems may be related. Postnasal drip from the sinuses may flow into the mouth, which may cause halitosis if not treated properly.

How Can We Prevent Halitosis

Fortunately, halitosis can be prevented by doing the following:

1. A lot of fluids, getting plenty of rest and elevating your head while sleeping to help drain your sinuses and decrease congestion.

2. Good oral hygiene as mentioned above.

3. Having regular visits to your dentist to treat decaying teeth.

4. Eating the right kind of food, Avoid dairy products as they are among one of the worst foods and beverages to consume when you’re fighting bad breathe caused by sinus drainage.

5. Salt water gargle: To make the gargle use 8 ounces of warm water to one half measuring teaspoon of salt. Gargle for a few minutes.

If you are able to do these things, you will be able to avoid having bad breath. Halitosis is one of the many issues that people often neglect to address. However, it is not something that you should take lightly; a serious condition needs to be faced properly.

It is also advisable that you have regular visits to your doctor for checkups so that you would become aware of your health status. This is because as stated above, halitosis can be a sign of major physical and internal problems.

Dr Keith John

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Clinic: Heritage Dental

Tel: 784-456-2220

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