Halitosis or bad breath

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Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis is an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. One of the most negative aspects of this disease is that you can’t tell always if your breath smells bad. Have you ever noticed that people step aside when you start talking? Or turn your cheek when you say hello with a kiss? There are many subtle signs that indicate this condition. If there isn’t a person you trust to ensure the freshness of breath, there are some simple tests: erase the middle of the tongue with a cotton wool or a swab and smells, or you can lick your wrist and then smell it. There is a device that measures the amount of volatile sulfur compounds in breath. They are guilty for odor.

Symptoms are tongue bad breath, dry mouth and teeth, post nasal discharge, bad breath and burning tongue morning upon awakening, viscous saliva and constant need to juggle voice, bitter metallic taste – sour in the mouth.


1. Overview
2. Causes
3. Remedies


One cause of bad breath is diet. Foods such as garlic and onions are absorbed into the bloodstream, then it goes to the lungs, where the air is exhaled. In this case, brushing eliminates odor temporarily, it ceased once with the complete elimination of food from the body. Only a small proportion of cases of halitosis are due to stomach and gastric problems. For the most part, bad breath is located behind the mouth, where bacteria feed on mucus and food particles, producing smelly sulfur compounds. Poor oral hygiene, food on the tongue, teeth and gums, attract bacteria that produce toxins.

This condition is caused by dryness of the mouth (xerostomia), when the flow of saliva decreases. Saliva is responsible for cleaning mouth and removing particles that may cause odor. Dry mouth may be due to drugs, salivary gland problems, alcohol or talking for a long time. Smoking cause bad breath due to accumulation of nicotine, tar and other substances in the mouth odor.

Bad breath and bad taste in the mouth can warn of the presence of a persistent gum disease or periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by plaque formed on teeth. It produces toxins that irritate the gums, and advanced severely affects the gums, bone and other structures supporting the teeth. Do not forget to decay – the bacteria that cause tooth decay have an action on the tooth, resulting in its demineralization and bad breath.

Other diseases that can cause halitosis are respiratory tract infections, diabetes, liver disease, gastrointestinal and renal dysfunction.

There is a phobia of the disease, affecting approximately 25% of people seeking remedy for halitosis. These people show up at the doctor only for fear of having bad breath.


There is no single treatment for halitosis, considering that it depends on the cause of the problem. A proper oral hygiene (floss and mouthwash) is very important, but this isn’t enough… you should also visit your dentist regularly and by ‘regularly’, I mean at least twice a year.

People suffering from chronic sinusitis can use a saline spray to cleanse the nasal passages. Antibiotics can effectively fight against bacteria that produce sulfur gases.

For dryness of the mouth, helps to drink plenty of water and chew sugarless gum. It is very important to visit your dentist regularly, to prevent or treat any dental problems that cause halitosis.



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