What is halitosis?
Halitosis, commonly referred to as bad breath, is an unpleasant smell that comes from the oral cavity.
There are many possible causes but good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist help to prevent many of them.
In all cases of halitosis, the dentist is the first person you should consult because he or she will be able to determine if the problem is related to your oral health
Who suffers from bad breath?
50% of the population complains about having bad breath and this phenomenon tends to increase with age (especially from the age of 50 and up). However, this problem, which seems harmless, may bring consequences such as social isolation, poor self-esteem and in some cases, depression. Halitosis can also be the symptom of a more serious condition which deserves medical attention.
In 85% of cases, the source of halitosis is located in the mouth. Bacteria from the mouth transform food and cellular debris, which may have the effect of producing unpleasant smells. These bacteria accumulate on the teeth and form plaque, tartar and tooth decay. They also proliferate at the gum level if there is presence of gingivitis or periodontal disease (inflammation of the tissues that support the teeth). Bacteria also accumulate on the tongue where they form, in combination with food debris, a whitish deposit. This deposit is more important in patients with periodontal disease.
Bad breath therefore often starts in the mouth and is related to:
But there are also other causes (extraoral):
Cavities (Tooth Decay)
Oral Hygiene and Prevention
Dental Amalgam Fillings
Permanent Dentition (Adult Teeth)
HALITOSIS (BAD BREATH)
Root Canal Treatment
Composite Resin Restoration (White Filling)