Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Bad Breath

 

Overview

Bad breath or Halitosis is the term used for describing unpleasant odours and smells from the mouth or exhaled during breathing. It may be due to smoking, alcohol, tooth decay, periodontal disease or consumption of certain pungent foods.

 

Causes

Both internal and external body factors can result in bad breath. Poor oral hygiene, stomach and intestinal disorders, lung diseases, sinusitis, hormonal disorders, throat infections, diabetes, tooth infections and chronic constipation can cause this condition. Chewing tobacco and consuming alcohol are some of the external factors causing halitosis.  Some of the common causes of bad breath are as a result of tooth decay, eating spicy or strong foods, decreased saliva production, improper brushing or flossing of teeth, gum disease and effects of certain kinds of medication. Dental causes of bad breath may be ill fitting dental appliances or yeast infections of the mouth.

 

Symptoms

The first and foremost symptom of halitosis is an unpleasant, foul smelling breath. A person can also have a bad, bitter or sour taste in the mouth that may be accompanied with a dry mouth or a coating on the tongue. Post nasal drip and small lumps on the tonsils may be associated with halitosis.

 

Diagnosis

The dental professional will note down the dental and the medical history of the patient and do a dental examination to make a confirmed diagnosis of halitosis. The doctor may recommend simple tests or x-rays to evaluate the problem and to rule out any serious underlying health disorders.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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