As we head into 2012, it’s time to turn the calendar, make a few resolutions and (possibly) get ready for a New Year’s Eve kiss. But before you head to any New Year’s Eve parties, you’ll want to be sure you’re not suffering from halitosis, which can be sparked by chronic sinus infections.
Respiratory tract infections such as sinusitis can lead to bad breath, as tissue breaks down and mucus starts to flow. Certain bacteria feed off of mucus and produce foul-smelling odors as they digest it. The result? Bad breath, which can seem worse if you breathe out of your mouth while healing and saliva that would normally remove bacteria dries out.
How can you help prevent sinusitis?
- Keep your allergies in check. It’s best to seek medical guidance if allergies become problematic.
- Practice good hygiene. Washing your hands, especially before mealtime, seems like an obvious rule – but it helps. Also, stay away from friends and coworkers who already have respiratory infections.
- Avoid cigarette smoke. Tobacco and marijuana cigarettes and second-hand smoke can irritate the nasal passages and lungs, which can lead to sinus trouble.
- Get a humidifier. Dry winter air and indoor heating systems can dry the sinuses and put you at risk of illness. Add moisture back to the air with a humidifier, and be sure to regularly clean it to avoid mold.
When you’re ringing in the New Year, or at any time in the season, get in touch if your sinus infections are causing a hassle. The right treatment can bring your life – and your health – back to normal, and we’d be happy to pick out the best plan for you.