Halitosis, also called bad breath, is as an offensive odor that
emanates from the oral cavity. Also
known as foetor oris, oral malodour, or simply bad breath, halitosis is a
serious problem. As a chronic problem, it
affects people's lives, their businesses, and their social activities. In rare cases, bad breath can be a sign of a serious
general health problem, so it should not be ignored.
facet of bad breath is that you can rarely smell it yourself. Sometimes, a person's bad breath can blow you
away and he or she may not realize
there's a problem. Over 65 percents of
Americans strongly believe they can smell their own bad breath, but this is a
common misconception. It is almost
impossible to smell your own bad breath.
If you want to get rid of bad breath, find the cause instead of just
masking the scent.
Microbiologists and scientists have found that bacteria make
the main substance that causes bad breath. When the anaerobic (without
oxygen) bacteria break down protein to digest they release a sulfurous compound
as the waste product. This compound is what gives bad breath its distinctive rotten-egg bad smell.
The most common cause of halitosis or bad breath is poor
dental hygiene. However, other local and systemic conditions can also cause bad
breath. Poor oral hygiene, cavities, gum
diseases, lung diseases, tongue infection, mouth ulcers and inflammation, sinus
infection, diet routines, smoking, tobacco, reduced salivary glands and dry
mouth are some examples of local disturbances that can cause bad breath. Drug-induced side effects, the respiratory tract infection, lung infection,
gastrointestinal illnesses, diabetics, hormonal disturbances, liver or
kidney ailments can also cause bad breath.
Although everyone gets bad breath sometimes, if you have bad
breath a lot, you may need to visit your dentist. After telling your dentist about
your concern, your dentist or periodontist can help you to find out the cause
of your bad breath. Usually, your
dentist can treat the cause of bad breath. In some other exceptional situations,
the dentist can refer you to an appropriate medical specialist for evaluation