Bad Breath Treatment, Halitosis Question Chat

Halitosis commonly known as bad breath is a fairly common condition that many people suffer from. Most people with bad breath may not be fully aware of their problem, but the people around them certainly know and maybe just embarrassed to tell them.   

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Gum disease and bad breath may be going hand in hand.  Those with poor oral hygiene and infrequent dental office visits can be experiencing bad breath / halitosis. Understanding bad breath and methods of treating bad breath are important.  An important thing to keep in mind is that if one has continuous bad breath - and does not go to the dentist for regular prophy visit(s), then the bad breath can be telling the person that they may be having gum disease. That is if do Not go in for regular cleaning visit at the dental office for many years - plaque build up can happen & the plaque can become calcified.  This is called calculus build up in the mouth.  This is one of the main causes of gum disease and may lead to periodontitis.  Periodontitis is a periodontal disease that can have adverse effects on one's overall health. We will be discussing this further in this dental blog.  We at Dental Chat also have other articles discussing gum disease and periodontitis.

  • Halitosis Chat - Bad Breath Blog:

Many people are concerned about having bad breath or halitosis occasionally.  This may be from a portion of food that they ate or maybe they did not have a chance to brush their teeth in the morning. Unfortunately, for others - even when they brush their teeth, they still have bad breath. We will be Chatting online about bad breath / Halitosis Blog in this dental article. We will discuss some helpful tips or remedies for bad breath - as well as discuss ways to prevent or cure your bad breath or halitosis.

  • History of Halitosis and fighting bad breath:

For ages, people would tolerate bad breath. Many people had very bad breath, poor oral hygiene and most people around them - did not mention anything about their bad breath. That changed in 1879 when a chemist named Dr. Joseph Lambert created an antiseptic mouthwash named Listerine (named after famed antiseptic research Joseph Lister).  Not many people were using this antiseptic mouthwash named Listerine. That changed in the 1920s when Listerine heirs Gerard Barnes Lambert and his younger brother Marion were looking to better promote and market Listerine. They came up with an old Latin phrase that was not being used - it was Halitosis which means unpleasant breath.  They started advertising it as a medical ailment, that needed treatment. More people started wanting to have a better-smelling mouth and started using Listerine.  As they say, the rest is history.  Listerine did become a household name that is still used by many to this day. 

CAUSES

  • Infection: Those affecting the oral cavity could be viral, bacterial, and at times even fungal. Patients on antibiotics and steroid therapy or a prolonged period have been noted to get fungal infections of the mouth, due essentially to a change in the bacterial flora of the mouth. This microbe many times causes bad breath
  • Oral hygiene - from not flossing, not brushing their teeth enough - to not having good Tooth Brushing Methods. Using improper toothbrushes and unsuitable toothpaste, combined with vigorous brushing, can subject the mucous membranes especially around the teeth to ulceration, and later to possibly becoming superimposed infections.
  • Not seeing a dentist. Many people with bad breath may go many years without dental prophy and dental exam.  They may be having a high level of calcified plaque in their mouth from not getting dental cleanings by a dentist or dental hygienist.
  • Salivary Gland Deficiency: When there is saliva deficiency, the oral cavity is dry and the mucous membrane easily damaged.

TREATMENT OF BAD BREATH

Naturally, treatment for halitosis depends upon the cause of it. It's essential to identify the underlying factors to treat it efficiently, and this may require a visit to the doctor, dentist, a particular specialist or other health professional. Even naturopaths and acupuncturists can be of assistance in diagnosis and treatment.

First and foremost, people with bad breath need to make sure are improving their oral hygiene and should try to visit a local dentist on a bi-annual basis for dental exam and cleaning (prophy visit). That is, try to get a dental prophy (cleaning) done every 6 months or so.  People with severe gum disease, may need further forms of gum disease treatment such as scaling & root planing, etc.

Treating Halitosis can be slightly hit or miss and sometimes cures don't seem to be effective at first. Some treatments remedy the bad breath almost instantly but are temporary, others take longer to make a difference but do so in the long term.

DIAGNOSIS - TESTS FOR HALITOSIS

Diagnosing bad breath or tests for halitosis today have significantly improved some of the old methods are still used, specialists have at least three measurement techniques to choose from.

An instrument called an altimeter is gaining in popularity. With the altimeter, the diagnosis of bad breath is made by placing a straw or tube connected to the device in the open mouth and measuring the volatile sulfur compounds that travel down the tube to the halimeter with exhaled air.  One thing to keep in mind - a good dental exam can show why someone has bad breath.  If for instance, someone has not been to a dentist for 10 years and has large amounts of plaque build-up in their mouth - then, most likely this person will be having unpleasant mouth odor.  Treating gum disease can help diminish the bad breath odor in the mouth. 

In conclusion,  we have been Dentist Chatting online about Halitosis / Bad Breath Blogging online.  Bad breath can have a variety of causes.  One of the predominant causes of bad breath is poor daily oral hygiene and not going to the dental office for a prophy / dental cleaning for many years.  That is, there are people who go for many years or decades, without going to the dentist.  Many of these people have calcified plaque build-up in their mouth.  This calcified plaque which is called calculus build-up - can lead to a variety of gum diseases.  The most severe form of gum disease is periodontitis - which not only causes bad breath but can also make the teeth loose & mobile.  There are many ways of treating bad breath.  

We are doing dental blogs about various dental care topics.  Those that have dental questions or a dental question, can use our Patient Post - and easily pose a question to us at DentalChat.  We welcome networking online with local dentists and dental professionals.  Our goal is to better inform people about dental care subjects, so hopefully, they can better understand their particular dental condition.  Visiting your local dentist and getting regular dental prophy and a dental exam is recommended.

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