Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath, a common and embarrassing condition that affects many adults. It can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Since Halitosis can be caused by many factors, it is important to first diagnose the cause of the problem before coming up with an effective treatment plan.
Common causes of Halitosis include the ingestion of certain foods, poor oral health care (lack of consistent flossing and brushing), periodontal (gum) disease, Xerostomia (dry mouth) and the use of tobacco products. Halitosis can also be caused by medical conditions such as infections of the mouth, throat and sinuses, Diabetes, and liver and kidney disease.
If you are currently suffering from this condition, it is important not to ignore the problem. You do not need to feel embarrassed or ashamed. In most cases, Halitosis can be easily treated using non invasive methods. If the Halitosis is caused by poor dental hygiene, your Dentist can recommend a regiment of flossing and brushing as well as regular professionals dental cleanings. He or she may also recommend lifestyle changes such as the elimination of certain foods as well as tobacco products. If your condition is caused by periodontal or gum disease, your Dentist may prescribe medications to treat the infection. Other treatments includes antimicrobial mouth rinses.
If you are experiencing Halitosis, make an appointment with a qualified Dentist today. If your Dentist cannot find the underlying cause of the problem, he or she may refer you to a physician to rule out other, more serious medical conditions.
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