What Is Halitosis or Bad Breath?
Halitosis is a condition of having offensive or bad breath. Nobody wants to have bad breath, and many consumers are in search of dental products — including toothpaste, mouthwash and mints — that promise a quick cure for halitosis and fresher-smelling breath.
Bad breath is often self-perceived and there is no test or device to diagnose or measure the problem. Breath mints or mouthwash may freshen the breath short-term, but don't often get to the root of the problem. A common source of bad breath is the mouth and tongue. Therefore, visiting the dentist is the first step to rule out any dental problems.
What Causes Halitosis
There are many different reasons for having bad breath, including:
How It Should Be Treated
Good oral health care -- brushing your teeth and flossing -- will help reduce foul odors in the mouth. If you have chronic bad breath, visit your dentist who can rule out dental problems such as tooth decay or periodontal disease. The dentist may recommend that you visit your physician to determine if the problem is linked to a medical disorder. If bad breath is not related to a dental or medical condition, psychological problems may come into play. In rare cases, individuals become obsessed with body disorders. They may perceive that they have "bad breath," when in fact, they don't.
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