Halitosis and Tooth and Gum Disease
Periodontal gum disease is a very serious condition that can affect your overall health, and can destroy the health of your teeth. Read on to find out how you can prevent tooth and gum disease for yourself and your family, and how you can notice its symptoms quickly.
Preventing Gum Infection
Gum disease can be contracted if your mouth is not cleaned properly, or if you don’t clean your mouth as frequently as you should. So, after each meal (or snack), you should be sure to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash, preferably both.
You should also make sure that you are flossing at least once or twice a day-although flossing too often could cause your gums to bleed. This could be an indication of gum infection, so if you are experiencing pain or discomfort after flossing, then merely brush gently and advise your dentist as soon as you can to get more advice on treatment.
Spotting a Gum Disease Symptom
Some other symptoms that you may observe include pain or considerable sensitivity in the teeth or gums (especially when you’re eating), and your teeth may not feel the same in your mouth when you’re chewing your food. You may also notice puss in and around your gums, which is a distinct indication of periodontal disease.
Swollen gums or toothache even when you’re not eating can also be a sign of periodontal disease, so if you are having any of these symptoms, you should make certain that you visit your dentist as soon as you can in order to look into the treatment options that will work best for you.
Gum Disease Treatment
There are several treatments that you can take advantage of in order to get rid of gum disease, and many of them do not require surgery. You can get your gums and teeth thoroughly cleaned at the dentist’s office if you are in the early stages of periodontal disease, and you may be given a regimen to follow that includes flossing or brushing with gentler utensils in order to heal your gums.
You can also talk to your dentist about soft tissue grafts, a procedure that uses soft tissue from other parts of the mouth to restore the parts of the gum that have been damaged by the condition. You can also undergo crown lengthening, which elongates the crown and makes the teeth look longer. Many times, people with short crowns experience periodontal disease because there is unusual gum space in the mouth, which makes it easier for bacteria to enter the mouth.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do u test if you have halitosis?
halitosis=constant bad breath??
any dentists around??
Ok one way that I have found to tell if I have bad breath is to lick the palm of my hand. It is not the teeth that smell bad it is actually the tongue that smells bad so if you lick the palm of your hand then smell it you can tell what your breath smells like.
Is halitosis something God created so that we could hate one another even more?
I tend to hate people with halitosis. Is God testing me?
no, it’s just another symptom of God’s piss-poor design of the human body
PLS HELP Blood test show high ast, alt, vitm b12, calicum, bun/creati, neutrophils & sed rate. Low HCT, HGB…?
My child is 5, shes been having repeated blood work done for about 6 months now, b/c some of her levels were turning up high or low for what the range is for her age. After her last blood work her PCP ran on her, he is referring her to a Gastro. Specialist. She will be going on Feb. 2nd. I am looking to see if, can get someone to explain or help me understand her blood work more through. Also, if anyone could tell me what may possible be going on with her. I am not looking for someone to give her a diagnosis. Just for someone to give me some more info on what possible could be going on with my princess. It is so hard for me to just sit here and wait til Feb. to find out more information. How is a mother suppose to do that? Her PCP did tell me that he is referring her to a specialist to see if he wants to do further testing and that her blood work results could be showing something wrong with her kidneys, liver or some kind of cancer. Cancer does run on her fathers side. His mother has had one kind of skin cancer & his grandmother on his fathers side passed away from some kind of skin cancer.
We do not want to ask more info from the family, until we know what is going on with our little girl. We dont want to get anyone worried or upset til we know more info.
I have done some research but still not understand a whole lot of it. I have read that to determine cancers, liver problems and kidney problems that you have to look at several numbers on blood work, not just one certain one.
Below I will list her blood work that say abnormal and see if someone can explain them to me better. Thank you inadvance to anyone that helps me understand what may be going on or what could be going on with my little princess. I will list her results for both her 2 past labs:
Glucose: 96 (High) 105
Bun: 15 13
Creatinine: 0.40 (low) 0.49 (low)
Bun/Creat ratio: 37.5 (high) 26.5 (high)
Calcium: 10.2 (high) 10.4 (high)
Ast: 49 (high) 50 (high)
Alt: 26 (high) 24
Vitamin B12: (didnt check on 9/14/09) 944 (high)
Hgb: 11.5 (low) 11.3 (low)
Hct: 32.0 (low) 31.9 (low)
Mcv: 75.4 (low) 76.4
Neutrophil: 55 (high) 59 (high)
Sed rate: 29 (high) 32 (high)
Hgb A1c: 5.6 wasnt checked on 12/19/09
Her urine was checked as well, but just on 9/14/09. They only thing that was flagged on that test was Spec. gravity which was 1.015 (considered low)
In the doctors notes: It reads On percussion, there is dullness heard in the left lower quadrant compared to the rest of her abdomen, which is tympanic. The child has halitosis also. WHAT DOES this mean?
Not feeling like she can always empty bladder & has to go to the bathroom w/in several mins (10-15mins apart)
Several accidents prer day, cant get to the bathroom before she feels the urge to go.
Tires out easily.
Trouble gaining weight
feels hungry often but most times cant not eat much, just a few bites, before she is full or loses appetite
Has headaches from time to time
Complains of pain in lower back at times as well as under arm pit.
Complains of abdominal pain everyday.
Acid reflux along with burps that smell like softer.
I know this is a lot, I aplogize. Just trying to provide as much detial as possible, to see if I can get any help understanding what may be going on with my little girl.
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THANK YOU INADVANCE for any HELP you can provide me with!
Dear Worried, JustMe Mom:
This is the 2nd installment of my long detailed answer for your question that is also posted in various sections e,g, Medicine, Diseases, Toddler, Preschooler. Parenting, etc. Pls note that I have included various reference sites.
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Her urine specific gravity of 1.015 is WNL. If it’s high; it would be darkly concentrated( Sp Gr> 10.20) and would likely be due to dehydration.
Normal BUN:Cr Ratio is <20:1 mg/dl
Location of Renal disorder
Pre-renal disease (before glomeruli)
Mechnism: Reduced flow causes elevated creatinine and BUN due to decreased GFR. Additionally, BUN reabsorption is increased because of the lower flow; BUN is disproportionately elevated relative to creatinine.
Therefore, her BUN:Cr ratio is indeed high at 26.5- 37.5 %.
The normal value for BUN is approximately 10-20, and for creatinine 0.7-1.2.
Therefore, her BUN of 13-15 is WNL. However, her Cr of 0.40-0.49 is quite low......abnormally low.
The blood urea nitrogen (BUN) test is a measure of the amount of nitrogen in the blood in the form of urea, and a measurement of renal function. Urea is a substance secreted by the liver, and removed from the blood by the kidneys.
BUN and creatinine are excreted by the kidneys and accumulate in the bloodstream when a person has kidney failure. Therefore, with renal disease, the BUN and creatinine usually both rise together. However, there are some conditions in which one rises more than the other, and some (as in your daughter's case ) where one is normal while the other is low.
Here are some possible explanations:
1) Lab error. A creatinine of 0.4- 0.5 is unusually low. Could it be incorrect? Could the lab have been having a bad day, or did someone miscopy an 0.8 as an 0.5?
2) Dehydration: if you were dehydrated at the time the lab test was done (for example, were having a GI viral illness), the BUN may have increased just due to dehydration (resulting in a high ratio), and should have come back down as soon as you had enough water in your body.
3) Heart failure or liver cirrhosis: both of these conditions can cause a high BUN/creat ratio in the absence of kidney problems.
4) Very high protein diet: a very high protein diet may increase the BUN without affecting creatinine, so that the ratio may become elevated. (Did you eat a giant steak the night before your blood test?)
5) GI bleeding: if there is a bleeding ulcer or bleeding of any type anywhere in the stomach or intestines, the BUN will rise disproportionately from the creatinine.I ncreased production of urea is seen in cases of moderate or heavy bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal(GI) tract (e.g. from ulcers). The
6) Steroids: in people taking high doses of steroid medications such as prednisone, the BUN can be elevated, causing a high calculatedBUN/creatinine ratio.
Enhanced metabolism of proteins will also increase urea production, as may be seen with high protein diets, steroid use, burns, or fevers; or kidney stones.
I'm sure that your doctor will want to repeat this test before doing anything else about it.
Acute renal failure(ARF)
It has been found to be predictive of pre-renal failure, if the BUN-to-creatinine ratio is greater than 20 or the urea-to-creatinine ratio>0.10 and urea>10.
When the ratio of BUN to creatinine (BUN:Cr) is greater than 20, the patient is suspected of having prerenal azotemia. This means that the pathologic process is unlikely to be due to intrinsic kidney damage.
In addition, in children, a BUN/creatinine ratio of 30 or above has a sensitivity of 68.8% for upper GI bleeding and a specificity of 98%.
Elevated BUN with very low creatinine is possibly indicative of early acute renal/kidney failure.
For accuracy of determination of kidney/renal disease or dysfunction; she would need a 24- hr urine collection for creatinine clearance.
A 24-hr urine collection for creatinine clearance is a more accurate diagnostic tool for early renal/ kidney disease.
Sometimes, in more than one instances; the high BUN: Cr ratio is most typically the result of being dehydrated when she had the blood work done.
So most likely insignificant assuming that the creatinine value is normal. In other words when a ‘healthy’ patient has a high BUN and low Cr, it’s typically an indication that you’ve not been drinking enough water. It’s hardly something to worry about.
The problem here coupled with high hepatic panel ( high AST and ALT) There is a need to do another test for alkaline phosphatase. To confirm any abnormality results.
I don’t want to get all too technical with you, but let’s assume she has an elevated Bilirubin level on the Liver Panel, a low alk phos effectively rules out an obstruction of the common bile duct.
So, now it will involve your internist doing some imaging, serology and perhaps additional tests to figure out why there’s a problem with your liver panel.
I think that the ultrasound is a reasonable thing to do. It’ll most likely be normal or may show gallstones (which you shouldn’t worry about if she’s asymptomatic).
If you get the radiologist’s report suspecting and suggesting she might have some “hypoechoic or hypotenuse lesions or hemangiomas, and recommend f/u ( follow-up) with triple phase CT/MRI”. Don’t get freaked out. These are extremely common, benign lesions.
The false positive findings can lead to unecessary anxiety and further testing.
Because multiple variables can interfere with the interpretation of a BUN value, GFR and creatinine clearance are more accurate markers of kidney function. Age, sex, and weight will alter the “normal” range for each individual, including race.
In renal failure or chronic kidney disease (CKD), BUN will only be elevated outside “normal” when more than 60% of kidney cells are no longer functioning. Hence, more accurate measures of renal function are generally preferred to assess the clearance for purposes of medication dosing.
All cells need calcium in order to work. Calcium helps build strong bones and teeth. It is important for heart function, and helps with muscle contraction, nerve signaling, and blood clotting.
Drinking too much milk or taking too much vitamin D as a dietary supplement can also increase calcium levels.
Normal values range from 8.5 to 10.2 mg/dL.
So her Calcium level of 10.2-10.4 is moderately high.
What Abnormal Results Mean
Higher-than-normal levels may be due to:
Excessive vitamin D level
Excessive calcium intake
Metastatic bone tumor
Overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
Tumors producing a parathyroid hormone-like substance
Use of certain medications
Hypercalcemia( high blood Ca) is a disorder that most commonly results from malignancy or primary hyperparathyroidism. Other causes of elevated calcium are less common and usually are not considered until malignancy and parathyroid disease are ruled out.
Her symptoms of thirst( polydipsia); hunger (polyphagia) and frequent urination ( polyuria ) fatigue; abdominal pains are hallmarks of Diabetes Type 1 . Formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes.
The pain on her lower back might be due to UTI or kidney problem.( also related to DM- diabetes) Her halitosis( her burps smell of sulfur) can also be attributed to this kidney or GI problems. Hiccoughing( hiccups) in acute renal failure patients is common due to the toxins not adequately eliminated by the malfunctioning kidney.
Breath odor and persistent hiccups are among the symptoms of acute renal failure.
Her abdominal pains and poor appetite might also be attributed to some liver disease or GI problems. Her acid reflux might also be due to GERD ( gastroesophageal reflux disease) and IBS( irritable Bowel Syndrome) Thus the frequent burps. Hope; the doctor will plan to do a liver biopsy and an ultrasound.
If abdominal pain or signs of peritonitis are localized in the left lower quadrant, the suspicion is increased for such conditions as colitis, diverticulitis, ureteral colic or pain due to ovarian cysts or pelvic inflammatory disease.(PID) or splenic disorder ( evidenced by the spleen- dullness upon percussion of the left lower quadrant ( LLQ).
Examples of tumors in the left lower quadrant include colon cancer or ovarian tumor.
Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, is a water soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood.
The normal blood level of vitamin B12 ranges between 200 and 600 picogram/milliliter (148-443 picomol/liter).
Although deficiency is far more common than excess when it comes to vitamin B12 status; cases have been reported where blood levels exceeded 3000 picograms/milliliter. Such high levels may be caused by bacterial overgrowth and a condition called Vit B12 Overload.
Moreover, for her high Vit B12 levels; the gastroenterologist might need to perform a new endoscopy, in order to dismiss or rule out the diagnosis of Crohn’s disease or Celiac disease.
Are you shallow? You know you are. How much are you able to admit to? Test the theory.?
It seems a lot of people like to say, “People who don’t like you because of _____ aren’t worth your time!” and “It’s what’s inside that counts.”
I call bull. Let’s test the theory:
1. Picture in your mind the most grotesque example of humanity (respective to the sex of preference) you can. I mean sideshow freak worthy. If you can’t imagine dating someone 40 years your senior/junior, add that into the equation.
2. Now, add on top of that a horrid body odor, and halitosis.
3. Now imagine that they are in possession of every bad habit that you despise (neat freak, wimpy/weak, sloppy, smoker, drinker, abuser, emo, etc.)
4. Now that I feel that I don’t need to go further, please, by all means, imagine kissing this person, making love to this person (for the sake of argument, lets say they’re so small they couldn’t satisfy a hummingbird, or so loose that John Deere could start a manufacturing plant inside, god forbid, pardon the language), waking up to this person every day.
Admittedly, this is a very extreme example. Now, keep these people in mind, tell me if there are any qualities that could make you willing to procreate with this person. Be honest, and no, a bag over the head doesn’t count; neither does removing any of the aforementioned vices. But! They are the “sweetest” person you’ve ever known with a good personality (other than the small bad habits).
So, how shallow are you? How many standards do you have for someone you date? Afterall, that’s really all shallowness amounts to. You call a person shallow when you disagree with their personal standards.
What is shallowness to you? Do you think it may be a disagreement (or a bit of hurt ego) over another person’s standards?
Edit: halitosis is not necessarily indicative of poor self-esteem unless it is the poor self-esteem caused by the halitosis, such as in chronic cases. Body odor could be likewise a chronic problem unrelated to hygiene so much as overactive sweat production, etc.
I never said that there wasn’t someone for everyone; however, your someone, based on your personal standards, may likely not be someone else’s. I find it funny that it seems only appearance-related, I was once called shallow because of appearance, plus personality trait and intelligence preferences (no Jessica Simpsons, no Stephen Hawkings)
I always personally figured the whole package mattered (inside and out). Though I see a lot of theory and very little admission as to what would be done in said situation and varying personal degree of shallowness.
Small bad habits??? You said “Every bad habit that you despise”. lol
Very shallow people are ONLY concerned with outer appearance period. They do not take into account anything further. They are “concerned only with what is obvious” by definition. They won’t even get to the halitosis or body odor or bad habits for most people, because they will immediately dismiss anyone who doesn’t fit this perfect mold of whatever physical traits they find attractive. Once they select the qualified few, then, they’ll narrow it down based on what is obvious when close — body odor, halitosis, etc. Bad habits rarely play into the picture for truly shallow people. If they find someone who fits their mold, they’ll gladly put up with bad habits, lack of intelligence, and awful personality just to be able to say “Look everyone, I got perfect-looking-person-for-me!”
The truth of the matter is, when it comes down to it, most people have some shallow tendencies (physically, I don’t like dating men who are shorter than I am or too ridiculously skinny, I’ll admit that), but in most cases, this is more a case of personal preference than anything else. There are women who adore men with big bushy beards over clean-cut men, even if the bearded man is a complete jerk and the clean-cut man is the sweetest man in the world. This makes them as shallow as the woman who’d choose pretty boy jerk over sweet bearded man.
So yeah, everyone is probably *a little* shallow because everyone has their preferences. It’s a question of whether they can get past that bit of shallow if the perfect person comes along, or if they’re going to dismiss that person because he/she lacks a single physical trait they’re looking for.
I need help with Halitosis?
I brush my teeth till it tingles. I brush my tongue till it’s pink. And I also flush. I also do the quick breathe test i.e placing a little saliva on back of palm, allowing it to dry and smelling it so that if it smells then you have bad breathe and if it doesn’t you don’t. Well when I do this, it doesn’t smell. The problem I’m having now is that I noticed that despite all these things that I am doing to ensure that my breathe is fresh, I still notice that people cover their noses when I speak i.e at work on on trains when i bump into acquaintances etc. I’ve asked my dentist who actually said I haven’t got bad breathe at all. I thought he was lying and went to another dentist who said that i didn’t have bad breathe at alll too. I also summoned up courage and asked a friend who said I have perfect breathe and brother says my breathe is fine. Can someone please help me out as I don’t have a clue what is happening and this is becoming quite embarrasing because despite this i still notice alot of people covering their noses only when i speak so i know it’s not body odour.. Also I noticed that after I’ve had a glass of wine or chocolate, people cover their noses and I understand cause these things can make the breathe smell. However I noticed that my friends breathe still do not smell right after or some minutes after a glass of wine or a piece of chocolate. So why does mine smell immediately or soon after.
Any dentists in the house? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease help.
I suppose that you are suffering from Delusional Halitosis,
That is, fear whether you have bad breath.
If you really want to confirm it, you can visit ant dental schools in the dept of Periodontics.
They have equipments to measure the extend of your halitosis.
Also get a deep scaling done and use some mouth was so as to keep the amount of micro organisms in check.
Even if it still do not work consult a physician, as halitosis need not be only of dental origin
Hope it helps