Is your Bad Breath Caused by Infection?

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Believe it or not, bad breath is often caused by infection

Many of us that have bad breath think that we are going to be able to get rid of it by taking breath mints or perhaps brushing our teeth more often. Although these things certainly can't mask the scent that is halitosis, it is not really getting rid of the problem that is causing the bad breath in the first place. Believe it or not, halitosis is often caused by infection that is inside of the body. Here are two different types of infections that may be causing halitosis and what you can do in order to get rid of them.

The first type of infection that may be causing bad breath is a problem with your sinuses

Sinusitis is a very common problem and if you are dealing with it, you're probably dealing with bad breath as a result. This can either come about as a result of the drainage from the sinuses into the throat but it may also be coming out of the nostrils as well. Many times, sinusitis causes halitosis but not from the mouth. If you breathe through your nose and people are still complaining of smelling your bad breath, more than likely it is because of a sinus infection.

Another type of infection that is very common is in our lungs

The common cold can cause these types of problems but it may also be an infection that is not as easily identified. If the infection is a result of a buildup of bacteria, that bacteria could easily be releasing odors as it multiplies. As we breathe air out of our lungs, we may carry that odor along with it and this is what many people recognize as being halitosis.

In either case, one of the easiest ways for you to get rid of an infection is by taking antibiotics. Unfortunately, antibiotics may also have other side effects which also include halitosis. The reason why this is the case is because antibiotics are unable to determine which is the good bacteria and which is the bad so it simply destroys both. Although you may be able to get rid of the infection that is causing the halitosis, you may also get rid of good bacteria that keeps the bad bacteria in check. That is why it is often a good idea to allow these problems to run their course, allowing the body to get rid of the infection naturally.