Dental & Maxillofacial Surgery
The Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery department at Meitra aims to provide the best dental treatments , facial and oral surgery. With the range of treatments, highly experienced specialists, and high-end technology, we cover all dental issues and surgeries.

Halitosis (bad breath)

Halitosis refers to bad breath. It is a chronic condition that can be caused by a number of factors. Halitosis can be embarrassing and may lead to anxiety in social settings. The condition can be improved with consistent proper dental hygiene. 

Causes

There are many reasons that lead to bad breath. They include:

  • Smoking and other tobacco products
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Existing respiratory tract infections
  • Infections in your mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • Certain drugs or medications
  • Certain medical conditions
Symptoms

Symptoms vary, depending on the source and underlying cause. They include:

  • Foul Breath
  • Dry or cracked mouth
  • Thick mucus saliva
  • White coating on the tongue
  • Constant bitter or metallic taste
Diagnosis

Diagnostic methods for halitosis include:

  • Dental exam
  • Halimeter
  • BANA test
  • Gas Chromatography
  • Beta-galactosidase test
Prevention

Preventive measures for halitosis includes:

  • Good oral hygiene measures
  • Have regular dental checkups
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid dry mouth
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Floss at least once a day.
Treatment

Treatment measures for halitosis include:

  • Good oral hygiene methods are very important in treating and avoiding halitosis. 
  • Avoid cavities and lower your risk of gum diseases.
  • Professional cleaning at least once in a year may be recommended.
  • Use of toothpaste with antibacterial agents and mouth rinses to destroy bacteria that can cause plaque buildup, may also be suggested.

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