have a white coating on my tongue and a really bad taste in my mouth. People
turn their heads when I talk, so I know I have bad breath. Some say itís my
digestion system & others think itís my mouth. Would you have any
suggestions? Itís really embarrassing and is starting to impact my social
life. I have seen my doctor & dentist but they are not able to help me!
The gums and the mouth are
an extension of the digestive system and according to Chinese medicine they
represent the condition of the stomach. Gum disease as well as bad breath is
caused from excess heat in the stomach. The heat is often combined with
accumulation of food and dampness. The white sticky coating on the tongue is
a representation of the dampness in your system. The combined dampness and
heat smolder rotting the food and producing symptoms of bad breath and bad
taste in the mouth. Emotions play a role as well. Excess anger, frustration
and resentment can deplete the yin in the body and engender heat. The best
approach is to clear the heat, drain and disperse the dampness and
accumulation. Proper diet, and lifestyle can help.
A regular visit to your friendly acupuncturist is also recommended, as they
can prescribe herbal formulations to help reduce the food and dampness
stagnation in the stomach and resolve the symptoms.
To prevent bad breath and gum diseases that
cause bad breath, eat a varied diet consisting of fresh fruits, leafy
vegetables organic lean meats and whole grains. Eat smaller meals, chew well
and do not skip meals. Eat to 80% of your capacity to avoid overeating.
Drink plenty of room temperature water.
AVOID: sugars, refined processed foods, and
highly acidic foods. Hot spicy and greasy foods can injure stomach yin and
produce heat. Alcohol, and coffee are such heat producing foods. Carbonated
drinks and sour acidic foods should be avoided as they can cause imbalance
in the oral pH balance and damage the teeth.
- Nothing replaces brushing teeth on
regular bases as a preventive for gum disease. Always brush before and
after meals and before and after sleep. Rinse thoroughly and use
mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide as antibacterial cleanse.
- One in three part mixture of hydrogen
peroxide with lukewarm water is also beneficial as an oral rinse.
- Drink green tea as often as possible as
this is a great antibacterial and can cleanse the oral cavity and helps
reduce stomach heat.
Doctor question was answered by:
Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D.
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