Bad breath is a quite embarrassing condition and can be caused by many reasons. The poor oral hygiene is the prime culprit for this condition, but furthermore, bad breath may also appear due to dryness of mouth when breathing through mouth, as well as due to sinus infection and dehydration. Respiratory tract infections may also lead to the incidence of this embarrassing condition. Other causes for the occurrence of bad breath are smoking, consummation of coffee, garlic, onion and fish. All of these causes can be easily treated and cured, but when bad breath occurs due to acid reflux, the treatment is a bit more complicated.
Acid reflux and bad breath
Another term for acid reflux is gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD. This gastrointestinal disorder is marked by the flowing of the fluid contents from the stomach back to the esophagus. This flowing back of the fluid contents is actually acid reflux and it happens in the case when the lower esophageal sphincter does not work as it should. The lower esophagus sphincter functions as a valve between the stomach and the esophagus, and when it is not closed tightly, the stomach contents reflux into the esophagus. These stomach contents contain pepsin and acid.
The foods we eat have to be in an acidic environment in order to be broken down. When a long time passes from the eating and acid reflux, the stomach contents have a bad odor due to acid, bacteria and the digestive enzymes. Such stomach contents get to the throat and mouth resulting in bad breath. Bad breath can be even made worse when the foods we eat contain garlic or onion. Bad breath caused by the gastroesophageal reflux disease cannot be controlled by the mouth fresheners, but only by completely eliminating acid reflux.
Frequent acid reflux may also cause the damage of the lining of the esophagus since the stomach contents are acidic in nature. The tissue that is damaged usually does not have enough time to be healed completely until the next acid reflux so the dead tissue forms, thus causing unpleasant odor and bad breath.
Cure for bad breath from acid reflux
Acid reflux can be controlled to some extent by eating small but frequent meals and avoiding the eating of spicy foods. Furthermore, drinking a lot of water may also reduce the risk of the acid reflux. Orange peel extract and parsley are the natural cures for this condition.