If you constantly have bad breath no matter how much you brush your teeth or how much mouthwash you use this can be very embarrassing. There are many things that can cause this problem, one of which is the candida fungus. You can then get the help you need so you can have fresh breath again.
Candida is a type of yeast infection that can be found in different areas of your body, including the vagina, intestinal tract, and the mouth.
Candida is good for you as it helps your body absorb and digest nutrients. The problem happens when candida overproduces and causes you to have symptoms, such as your bad breath. If you have a good immune system your body can generally stop candida from over producing. There may be times when your immune system weakens, such as if you have an illness, and candida takes advantage of this situation. If your doctor suspects that this is the issue, he/she is likely to run a candida test.
An overgrowth of candida should be taken very seriously as it is considered a chronic health condition.
Besides bad breath, you may experience other symptoms of a candida infection including:
- Constant yeast infections
- Low sex drive
- Hormonal imbalance
- Pain in your joints
- Allergy problems that were not there before
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
When you visit your doctor for bad breath and they find it is due to candida there are different treatment options they can try. In most cases, the doctor will first try local treatments. This means putting the medication directly on your tongue. You may have fewer side effects when compared to taking medication.
The doctor may apply a type of cream that will remove the candida infection. There are also liquids, generally a type of mouthwash, that you can use. The doctor will prescribe a mouthwash to you, as you cannot purchase this over the counter. The doctor can prescribe tongue lozenges or troches that you suck on and they dissolve on your tongue killing the candida fungus. How long you have to use these treatments depends on how severe your problem is.
If the treatment options do not work for you, your doctor will prescribe systemic drugs, which are taken in pill form. If this infection occurs frequently, the doctor can prescribe anti-fungal medication that you will take on a long-term basis.
Your doctor can give you much more information about the candida fungus so you can understand it better.