"I am a Dialysis patient and suffer from really bad breath at times. Is there anything that I can do about it?"
Yes, we know it’s a sore subject, but let’s address it. Many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients suffer from bad breath largely due to no fault of their own. Often, bad breath can be caused by medication or a side effect of Dialysis Treatments. However, there are some steps that patients can take to help fix their bad breath. Afterall, it is not just the patient's family member or friend who suffers when a patient has bad breath since a patient often has a yucky taste in his/her mouth and he/she can feel less confident. Hence, having fresher breath will help patients feel more confident and better enjoy their day-to-day lives. We’re here to help! Check out the following tips for bad breath and how to combat it once and for all:
1. A Quick Fix: In most cases, a generic mint or flavored gum cannot cover-up the stinging smell of Halitosis (bad breath). However, high-powered mints like Altoids are always a quick fix for bad breath. Breath drops, breath strips, and breath sprays are always a good quick fix for bad breath. Patients can carry a portable toothbrush with a travel size of toothpaste and mouthwash and brush/swish after every meal. Watch how fast your breath freshens.
2. Keep Your Sinuses In Check: Ear, Nose, and Throat issues are also a big cause for bad breath, as the interconnectivity of your nasal cavities to everything else can lead to a drip of mucous, leaving an unpleasant odor. You may also have an equally unpleasant odor coming from your nose. That escapes from your mouth. If it’s a sinus infection, talk with your Nephrologist.
3. Check Your Health: Many underlying diseases carry a symptom of bad breath. While your healthcare team may not check for disease such as Gastroenteritis regularly, if you tell them of your chronic bad breath then it may trigger them to look deeper into different breath related diseases. Maybe you’re already aware of a health condition that will warrant bad breath, but if not, perhaps you should draw the concern to the attention of your Healthcare Team.
4. Take A Sip: If you think that you may have bad breath, then take a sip of cold water and slightly swish it around in your mouth. This prevents dry mouth, which can, in turn, prevent Halitosis.
5. Chew On Nature: Cloves, parsley, mint, and cilantro can all be chewed on to fight bad breath.
Okay, so maybe you don’t know if you have bad breath. There are several ways to find out:
- Scratch a toothpick along your back teeth and smell the toothpick.
- Lick the inside of your wrist, count to ten and smell your wrist.
- Cup your hands, breath out and then smell.
- Breathe into a cup and smell the air.
- Take a cotton swab, scrape the back of your tongue and smell the swab.
Avoid taking a "Breath Test" right after you have brushed your teeth, used mouthwash or had a mint as these will mess up an accurate reading.
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