Bad breath is also called halitosis. Bad breath is the offensive or unpleasant odor from the mouth. It often leads to embarrassment and also an individual’s social interaction.
Did you know bad breath can be treated?
Bad breath can have multifactorial causes. Some of them are
Intraoral: Gingivitis, periodontitis, open carious lesion, poor oral and dental hygiene, inadequate dental restoration, pericoronitis, peri-implantitis, candidiasis, bacterial coating of tongue, dry mouth, stress, smoking, tobacco chewing, mouth breathing, unbalanced diet, coffee, alcohol consumption, aromatic food (garlic, onion), improper cleaning of prosthesis.
Extraoral: Nasal drip, sinusitis, diabetes, metabolic or hormonal problems, lung disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal pathology, some medications, illusional bad breath.
Identifying the cause and treatment planning will be more effective.
Treatment for Bad Breath / Halitosis
- Oral hygiene maintenance: 1. Brushing 2. Flossing 3.Tongue scraping
- Professional dental prophylaxis: Scaling and root planning-
- Proper medication and control of the systemic disease.
- Mouth wash: Chlorohexadine, Listerine
- Malodor mask: Chewing gum, Mouth spray, Lozenges
- Stop smoking and tobacco chewing
- Stay hydrated
Bad breath is a common problem. Treating bad breath is important as it improves a person’s social or professional life and also increases self-esteem.
Jerush Dental and Facial Corrective Centres are located in Thuckalay, Kanyakumari Dist., Tamilnadu, and Near State Bank of India (SBI), Adyar, Chennai. “Jerush’ is a leading hospital for dental and facial corrective treatments in South India, since 2002.