Oral malodor (scientific term), halitosis, breath odor, foul breath, fetor oris, or most universally bad breath are expressions used to describe distinctly unlikable smells blown out in a lungful of air – whether the stink is from an oral source or not.
Individually and in public it has a major impact on those who put up with it or believe they do, and is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental aid, following tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Few experiences are as discomforting as the discovery that you have bad breath. This socially taboo condition unfortunately is hardly ever talked about until the smell becomes intolerable and somebody close to you is courageous enough to let you know.
The word halitosis was first coined by the Listerine Company in 1921 and is merely the health term for bad breath. There’s no need to suffer silently or limit your public interactions, even if constantly plagues you.
Bacteria that break down the food particles in our mouths are the usual cause of the problem. This is also associated with periodontal disease, and even acid reflux and bad breath seem to have some sort of correlation.
The good news is this problem can be counteracted and overcome. Most cases of the disease can be effectively dealt with using a mixture of expert dental health and special hygiene routines.
The following information will provide you with a good sense of what to expect if you’re seeking bad breath treatment.
Your dentist will review your medical history for health conditions that can cause bad breath and for medications that cause dry mouth.
He or she will examine your teeth, gums, oral tissues, and salivary glands. You will need diagnostic tests if conditions such as lung infection, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease or Sjogren’s syndrome are suspected.
The causes of halitosis are diverse and it is entirely possible that the source of the problem is the tonsils in some cases.
It is time to check with a dentist when chronic bad breath problems occur and you cannot stop them using oral hygiene and products specifically created to control the bacteria responsible, to rule out the possibility of gum disease as the factor causing the problem.
Curing the problem may be easier than you think. (Even eliminating bad breath in dogs isn’t that hard!) You should make sure that you are drinking plenty of water every day. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables will also help you avoid bad breath.
Treatment can also include simple things like brushing your teeth more regularly, and rinsing with a strong mouthwash afterward. You can also try brushing your teeth with toothpaste that has baking soda, since this compound reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth.