is Halitosis and What are the Causes
you experienced any of the following?
1. You frequently have a bad taste in your
2. Your breath is interfering with your
social or professional success.
3. Somebody has commented on your bad breath,
or offered you mints or chewing gum.
4. You feel embarrassed by your breath
5. You find yourself using either breath
mints, mouthwashes, chewing gum, or internal breath fresheners.
6. People step back from you when you are
talking to them, or they avoid direct contact with you.
7. You experience a dry mouth or thick
saliva on a regular basis and can’t seem to improve the condition.
If you answered
yes to any of the above you likely have a breath problem. The good news
is that at the Center for Breath Treatment we have a highly effective treatment
that has had a 99% success rate.
Chronic halitosis is a condition in which
a person produces an offensive odor from their oral or nasal regions and
they’re unable to eliminate it through normal oral hygiene techniques,
such as flossing or brushing. The occasional “morning breath” most people
experience at one time or another is not really true halitosis. Halitosis
knows no boundaries when it comes to age, sex, race, or socioeconomic levels.
Furthermore, it can be truly demoralizing, and it negatively impacts the
lives of as many as 50-80 million individuals in the United States alone.
Because it’s such an embarrassing problem we have found that many patients
are reluctant to even mention their problem to either their physician or
dentist. Another unfortunate fact is that most halitosis sufferers have
no idea that they have a breath problem unless somebody directly informs
them. People suffering from halitosis have been known to become withdrawn
and avoid social situations. There unfortunately have even been documented
cases of suicide stemming from a halitosis problem.
causes a halitosis condition?
There are a number of possible causes of
halitosis. Below we have listed some possible causes and have separated
them into medical and dental causes.
1. Sinus infections & abnormal
2. Tonsilar infections or tonsiloliths
3. Lung diseases
4. Kidney diseases
5. Liver diseases
6. Blood disorders
8. Gallbladder dysfunction
11. Certain foods
1. Extensive dental
90% of breath problems
are caused from a proliferation of specific types of gram negative anaerobic
bacteria in the mouth. This has also been supported by extensive research
in the field of halitosis. This proliferation is often a result of conditions
such as allergies, sinus congestion or post-nasal drips, nasal polyps,
and xerostomia which is a dry mouth condition. A common area where the
bacteria congregates can actually be on the tongue itself. Because we rarely
find halitosis resulting from a medical condition, we suggest that the
first approach in eliminating the problem should be an oral approach. This
approach is more economical, noninvasive, and it has a higher probability
of success. We do recommend that all patients maintain their dental health
by seeing their dentist regularly. Should a halitosis condition persist,
despite the simple and noninvasive oral treatments that we offer, then
we suggest that those patients should see their physician. Usually from
the differential diagnosis that we perform at the first appointment, we
can determine whether a halitosis problem is of a medical or dental origin.
2. Periodontal (gum)
3. Oral infections
4. Oral cancers
5. Xerostomia (dry
mouth condition). Many medications can contribute to a condition of xerostomia.
6. Oral conditions
resulting from post-nasal drips or discharges
7. Allergy conditions
8. A proliferation
of specific types of gram negative anaerobic bacteria.
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