• Halitosis

    Halitosis

    Bad breath, as it is called in the medical literature, is the bad odor coming from the mouth or nose that disturbs both the individual and the people around him.

Halitosis

  • Bad breath, as it is called in the medical literature, is the bad odor coming from the mouth or nose that disturbs both the individual and the people around him.
  • Bad breath negatively affects the person's communication with others, prevents socialization, and leads to self-confidence problems.
  • Although bad breath is not considered a disease, it reduces the life quality of people due to the social reasons it causes.
  • In addition to the many causes of bad breath, systemic and local causes are considered as the main factors.

 

Symptoms of Bad Breath

  • As the human nose gets used to the odor, it is not always easy to perceive your own bad breath. Although many people have bad breath problems, they are not aware of it. But for many people it is also a worrying issue.
  • One of the easiest ways to test for bad breath is to cover your mouth and nose with your hand and blow your breath into the palm of your hand, and then smell it. You can also consult a dentist to see if your mouth smells bad.

 

What Causes Bad Breath?

The causes of bad breath can be considered in two different types as oral and extraoral causes;

 

Oral Causes

  • The biggest cause of bad breath is bacteria in the mouth. Gases such as hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan, which are produced as a result of the digestion of food residues, cause odor in the mouth.
  • Inflammation of gums, tooth roots or around the teeth, mouth sores may cause bad breath.
  • Bacteria in tooth root or tongue root,
  • Bleeding gum diseases,
  • Decayed teeth,
  • Mouth tumors,
  • Sjögren's syndrome and salivary gland diseases are intraoral factors that cause odor in the mouth.

 

Extraoral Causes

  • Although they are not as common as intraoral causes, some extraoral issues in the human body may cause odor in the mouth.
  • Sinusitis may cause bad breath as well as headache and postnasal drip.
  • Pharyngitis and tonsillitis
  • Intranasal inflammations,
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption,
  • Infections of the respiratory system, pneumonia and bronchitis,
  • Reflux and infections in stomach, protein-based diets
  • Diabetes,
  • Tonsil stones,
  • Diabetes coma, liver failure and kidney failure may cause bad breath.
  • Many people experiencing bad breath often feel a bad taste and odor in their mouth in the morning and complain that this feeling continues throughout the day. Although persons use mouthwash or sprays produced for the mouth, they cannot find a permanent solution to this problem.

 

How is Bad Breath Treated?

  • There are devices that can make electrochemical measurements for bad breath detection. These devices help with where the odor is coming from. Additionally, the patient's blood gases, salivary pH level, and bacteria in the tongue can also be examined.
  • After the measurements of the patients with the complaint of bad breath, a treatment plan is made according to the results. There are factors that the patient should pay attention to in order to get the correct result before the measurement is made.
  • If the patient is using antibiotics, he/she should stop three days in advance, and stay away from odorous foods and drinks, and not use products such as sprays or mouthwashes.
  • Bad breath is a preventable complaint. After finding the cause of bad breath, odor can be eliminated in a short-term and painless process. It is now possible to have a healthy and fresh breath.
  • Come to DentEuropa Clinic and don't let bad breath affect your social life.