Doctor Plotka's Blog

16 Apr 2023

Halitosis: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

What is Halitosis?
Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath, is an embarrassing condition that affects many individuals. It is a widespread problem, with estimates suggesting that up to 50% of the adult population has experienced it at some point in their lives. In this blog post, we will explore the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of halitosis.

What Causes Halitosis?
Halitosis can have many causes, including poor oral hygiene, gum disease, cavities, dry mouth, and certain medical conditions. Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of halitosis. If you don't brush and floss regularly, food particles can remain in your mouth, promoting bacterial growth and causing bad breath. Gum disease and cavities can also contribute to halitosis by providing a favorable environment for bacteria to thrive. Additionally, dry mouth can cause bad breath because saliva helps to cleanse the mouth of food particles and bacteria. Some medical conditions that can cause halitosis include respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, and liver and kidney disease.

Diagnosis of Halitosis
It can be challenging to diagnose halitosis yourself. If you suspect you have bad breath, you can ask a trusted friend or family member to confirm it for you. If the confirmation is positive, it is time to schedule an appointment with your dentist. During your dental visit, your dentist will assess the odor of your breath and examine your mouth for any signs of gum disease, cavities, or other dental issues. Your dentist may also refer you to a physician if they suspect a medical condition is causing your halitosis.

Treatment of halitosis
The treatment of halitosis depends on its underlying cause. If poor oral hygiene is the culprit, your dentist may recommend that you brush and floss more frequently and use mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also essential to prevent dental issues that contribute to bad breath. If gum disease or cavities are causing your halitosis, your dentist may recommend professional cleaning or restorative dental work to eliminate bacteria and decay. In cases where medical conditions cause halitosis, the underlying condition needs to be treated.

Home Remedies For Halitosis
In addition to professional dental care and medical treatment, you can take steps at home to manage halitosis. These include:

  • Brushing your teeth and tongue after meals to remove food particles and bacteria.
  • Flossing daily to remove plaque and food particles between your teeth.
  • Using mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
  • Drinking plenty of water to help keep your mouth moist and clean.
  • Chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production and freshen your breath.

How Can Mouthwatchers Help?
MouthWatchers toothbrush and toothpaste can be effective in combating bad breath by improving oral hygiene practices. The revolutionary antimicrobial bristles of the toothbrush are 99.9% effective at eliminating bacteria that cause bad breath, plaque, and gingivitis. The toothbrush also has a flossing bristle system that reaches deep between teeth and gums to remove plaque and bacteria. MouthWatchers toothpaste is formulated with natural ingredients that help to freshen breath and prevent bacteria buildup in the mouth.

Halitosis is a common problem that can be managed with proper oral hygiene, regular dental visits, and medical treatment if necessary. The use of MouthWatchers toothbrush and toothpaste can be an effective way to combat bad breath and maintain good oral health. 

If you are struggling with halitosis, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with your dentist to diagnose and treat the underlying cause.