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Bad breath / Halitosis/ Malodour

  • April 20, 2022
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Halitosis, also known as bad breath, is a condition characterized by unpleasant odors originating from the mouth, throat, or upper respiratory system.
 
Halitosis can be caused by several factors including poor oral hygiene, gum diseases, dry mouth, cavities, tobacco use, certain medications, and underlying medical conditions.
 
Preventing halitosis involves maintaining good oral hygiene habits such as brushing teeth twice daily, flossing daily, using mouthwash, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding foods that cause bad breath.
 
Yes, in some cases, halitosis may be a symptom of underlying medical conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sinusitis, tonsil stones, diabetes, liver or kidney disease, and others.
 

Foods that are known to cause bad breath include onions, garlic, spicy foods, alcohol, and coffee.

Treatment options for halitosis depend on the underlying cause of the condition. If it’s due to poor oral hygiene, then practicing good oral hygiene habits can help to alleviate the problem. In other cases, medications may be prescribed, or surgery may be recommended.
 

No, halitosis is not contagious. However, the bacteria that cause bad breath can be spread through kissing or sharing food and drinks.

Yes, smoking is a common cause of halitosis. The chemicals in tobacco smoke can lead to a dry mouth and increase the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay, both of which contribute to bad breath.
 
Stress itself does not cause halitosis, but it can exacerbate existing conditions such as dry mouth, which can lead to bad breath.
 
If halitosis persists despite practicing good oral hygiene and avoiding foods that cause bad breath, or if it’s accompanied by other symptoms, then it’s important to see a doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions.
 
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