HALITOSIS

Halitosis, which spontaneously disappears within a few hours after waking up in the morning, is a physiological condition and is not a symptom of the disease. However, other than that, the bad breath is a symptom of the disease and is called pathological halitosis.

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CAUSES FOR HALITOSIS

  • Inadequate oral hygiene
  • Improperly cleaned dentures
  • Long-term hunger
  • Tooth decay and gum disease
  • Liver diseases
  • Tonsillitis
  • Reduction in salivation
  • Sinusitis
  • Pulmonary infections
  • Diabetes
  • Reflux
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Some foods
  • Kidney failure
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Tobacco products and alcohol

PRECAUTIONS THAT MAY HELP TO PREVENT MALODOUR

  • Toothbrushes should be replaced after a maximum of three months of use.
  • Morning and evening teeth should be brushed regularly from back to front and then the teeth should be cleaned with floss. A toothpaste containing zinc may be preferred. If a mouthwash containing CHX is used, it may be used for a maximum of 1 week.
  • Zinc gum may be chewed during the day.
  • Bacteria on the tongue, especially on the back of the tongue, cause bad breath. Therefore, the tongue should be brushed with a sweeping motion starting from the back.
  • Drinking 2.5 - 3 liters of water per day increases salivation and helps to prevent bad breath.
  • Some foods help prevent halitosis (such as parsley, yogurt, apple, carrot).
  • Adding cinnamon to food and drinks is an effective method against intraoral bacteria.
  • Teeth should be brushed for at least two minutes before sleeping.
  • Anti-inflammatory mouthwash with zinc and without alcohol may be used.
  • Smoking and alcohol should be avoided.
  • Do not stay hungry for a long time.
  • The bites must be chewed thoroughly, which reduces the chance of food remaining in the mouth. In addition, good chewed foods will be better digested because of stomach-borne halitosis is prevented.
  • Consult your doctor if the medications used constantly cause bad breath.

TREATMENT OF MALODOUR

Physiological bad breath does not need treatment; it may be eliminated by measures taken by the person.

The underlying disease is detected in pathological halitosis and treatment is applied to improve it.

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