Halitosis is a condition where a person has the scent of bad breath. In society, this disorder better known as bad breath. This disorder is one problem that is often experienced by many people.
Basically, bad breath is divided into two groups, namely bad breath due to natural causes and bad breath due to unnatural causes. Bad breath due to natural causes eg breath aroma morning or when you are fasting. While bad breath due to unnatural causes is usually associated with more serious health problems.
Halitosis often considered shameful. If not promptly treated, bad breath can lower your confidence. In fact, it is not impossible that left halitosis also can degrade the quality of your life.
Diagnosis halitosis or bad breath is done through a series of interviews and a thorough physical examination of the oral cavity and teeth. The examination was also performed on the nose and throat area if there is a wound.
When suspected the possibility of a systemic disease, it is necessary to the examination of other supporters. Tests that can be performed are:
- abdominal X-rays
- chest X-ray
Symptoms halitosis most recognizable are:
- Her scent wafted unpleasant breath from the mouth
- Their white coating on the surface of the tongue that allows the bacteria to thrive
- Halitosis or bad breath for reasons water (like the aroma of breath when I wake up) can be solved by brushing. However, halitosis due to unnatural causes requires more serious
Halitosis or bad breath for reasons water (like the aroma of breath when I wake up) can be solved by brushing. However, halitosis due to unnatural causes requires more serious treatment.
Here are some things that can be done to overcome the problem of halitosis:
- Brush your teeth twice a day. The most appropriate time to do it is in the morning (after breakfast) and evening (before bed).
- Replace toothbrush after 3 to 4 months. If prematurely replace the toothbrush has been damaged and convenient to use, immediately change.
Perform regular cleaning of the tongue surface. This can be done using a soft toothbrush or a tongue cleaner.
- Make flossing once a day to remove plaque and food particles lodged in the crevice between teeth Teeth. you can also use a mouthwash to clean hard to reach areas that a toothbrush.
- The use of mouthwash (mouthwash) antibacterial can help reduce the growth of bacteria in the mouth. For example, a mouthwash containing chlorhexidine. Do the prior consultation with your dentist in the use of the mouthwash.
- Perform scaling (tartar cleaning).
- Immediately fix cavities and fillings.
- Stop smoking and use of tobacco products.
- Drink plenty of water to keep them a moist oral cavity.
- Consumption of sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva to help clean up leftover food and bacteria.
- Pay attention to diet. Avoid or reduce foods that can trigger bad breath.
- Clean dentures and remove it while sleeping at night.
- Make regular visits to the dentist every 6 months for a routine checkup and cleaning.
Halitosis can be caused by many things. Some of them are:
- Poor oral hygiene. Without a good oral hygiene, food waste is left in the mouth. This may trigger the development of bacteria in the mouth and on the tongue surface which causes odor in the mouth. Moreover, the rest of the food stuck in the teeth, gums, and tongue will cause gingivitis (gum inflammation) and cavities. As a result, an increase in bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth.
- Cleaning denture unfavorable. Dentures are not cleaned properly can lead to a buildup of food debris and bacteria on the surface of the denture. This can trigger a bad odor.
Gum disease or periodontal tissues (tissues supporting the teeth).
- Systemic disease. Bad breath can be one of the symptoms of certain diseases, such as respiratory tract infections, digestive disorders, diabetes, or abnormalities in the liver.
Xerostomia (dry mouth). The use of some certain medications can cause dry mouth, especially medicines for depression and high blood pressure. Xerostomia can also be caused by abnormalities in the salivary glands resulting in the production of saliva decreases. In addition, through the mouth breathing habits can also cause mouth tends to become drier.