Bad breath or Breath malodor or Halitosis means an unpleasant odor of the exhaled air, or foul or offensive odour emanating from the oral cavity. It affects up to 5 per cent of the population and there are lots of factors that can contribute to this frustrating and often embarrassing condition.
An excess of dental plaque in the mouth is the main contributor to halitosis, with four out of five cases occur from an abundance of plaque on the tongue. Dental plaque is a combination of food and bacteria which adheres to teeth surfaces.
Fortunately, this problem is often easy to fix through good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist.
Causes of Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Any drug causing dry mouth- Cytotoxic drugs, Isosorbide dinitrate, Disulphiram etc.
PREVENTION OF HALITOSIS
Removal of plaque
MANAGEMENT OF HALITOSIS
At Normanhurst Dental, patients often ask us about bad breath and what they can do to prevent or manage it.
Our recommendation consists of a dental check-up to diagnose and treat the underlying cause as well as a professional clean and polish to remove built-up plaque and tartar.
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