Bad Breath Symptoms
Some bad breath symptoms sour taste, metallic taste, post nasal drainage, halitosis, film on tongue, tongue film, dry mouth, yellow film
Symptoms Commonly Experienced by Halitosis Sufferers
Bitter, Sour, or Metallic Tastes
Commonly patients with halitosis will complain of bad tastes in their mouth. Typical descriptions are sour, bitter, or even metallic tastes. These tastes are commonly the result of drainage from the sinus, medications being taken, dry mouth conditions, dental infections, leaking dental restorations, and certain oral bacteria. The most common cause of a bad taste is due to a dry mouth condition. Dry mouth does not necessarily mean one has a "cotton mouth." It can merely be a reduction in salivary flow. This minimal reduction in salivary flow can, however, result in a halitosis condition. The bacteria that are responsible for halitosis can also be a cause of bad tastes in the mouth. Usually we find it is a combination of the above things that cause patients to suffer from bad tastes in their mouth. Some of the causes of bad tastes do not have the ability to produce bad breath, so taste can be a misleading symptom. Remember taste is very individualized, and no two people in the world taste things identically.
Post Nasal Drainage
Post nasal drainage is commonly a result of certain sinus conditions and allergies. It is a thick mucous that slowly drains in the posterior region of the throat from the nasal or sinus regions, and can result in a person needing to "clear" their throat a lot. A person can have a very mild form of allergies that they may not even be aware of which can result in a mild drainage of mucous from the sinuses. That individual may or may not even be aware of this drainage. A significant amount of this mucous does end up in the mouth and is a common contributor to halitosis conditions. Mucous typically contains plentiful amounts of bacteria and proteins from the sinus. These proteins are then broken down to amino acids that the anaerobic bacteria feed upon. The mucous also protects the halitosis causing bacteria from being exposed to oxygen. Anaerobic bacteria can not survive in the presence of oxygen and being shielded by mucous allows the halitosis causing bacteria to thrive and produce bad breath odors. Individuals suffering from a cold or flu commonly generate large amounts of this mucous. This can also result in halitosis even in individuals who don't normally suffer from chronic bad breath. Many nasal sprays contain corticosteroids that are very expensive, very drying to the sinuses and nasal passages, and are considered by many to be undesirable with long term use. The best and safest method we have found to deal with post nasal drainage is to use the SinuPulse sinus irrigator and SinuAir saline powder to flush the sinuses of the different factors that produce the phlegm. To learn more about the SinuPulse sinus irrigator see SinuPulse Sinus irrigator.
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