Halitosis is an unpleasant breath of systemic or local origin, caused by physiological and pathological reasons. Bad breath is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. More than half of the adults have encountered the problem of bad breath at least once in their lives, and many of them are chronically complaining of this condition.
Although halitosis may be due to systemic diseases such as liver stomach ailments or diabetes, it has been determined that it is mostly of intraoral origin. The main causes of bad breath originating from the mouth may be due to the smell of food residues between the teeth that are not well brushed, the tongue surface not being cleaned, the use of dentures or smoking. In addition to these, poor oral hygiene, rotten teeth, gum diseases, poorly made dentures and surgical operations can also cause bad breath.
The duty of the dentist in bad breath; First of all, it is to understand whether bad breath is caused by a systemic disease or the local intraoral causes listed above. After that, it is necessary to eliminate local factors for treatment, to treat caries, to replace bad prostheses, to treat gingival diseases, in short, to provide oral hygiene.
In addition to all these, the biggest factor in eliminating bad breath is the person himself. Studies have shown that bad breath is reduced by brushing teeth and tongue twice a day, proportionally to mouthwashes used after meals. As a result, bad breath is a problem that needs to be resolved, and the most important factor in solving this problem is the person himself.