Halitosis Taken to the Max

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Besides tooth decay and periodontal disease, bad breath, or halitosis, is the third reason why people visit the dentist office. Around 80% of bad breath originates in the mouth, the other 20% originate in other areas of the body. 25% of the population are affected by persistent bad breath, and seek dental help.

A Milpitas dentist can work with a patient to help find what treatment works for their bad breath. One area of the mouth that is targeted for treating bad breath is the tongue. Millions of bacteria live on the back of the tongue, which is called the dorsum. These bacterial get covered in food residue, alive and dead cells, and a postnasal drip from the nose. It can produce the “rotten egg” sulfuric smell such as hydrogen sulfide, or any sort of volatile sulfur compounds. While gums and mints can be used to mask the smell of the sulfide, the real cure is cleaning the tongue with a tongue cleaner or a toothbrush. Tongue cleaners are best for the job because they are a tool specifically designed to remove all the dead cells, bacteria and food residue.

Mouth wash is not a recommended treatment for halitosis. Using excessive amounts of mouth wash causes the mouth to produce bad smelling tissue, which only adds to the problem. The reason why it adds to the problem is that most mouth washes contain alcohol, which dries out and damages the soft tissue in the mouth. At Milpitas Dental, dentists will work with the patient to help them clean their mouths without damaging or burning it.

It is important that when visiting a dentist for halitosis, that the dentist is provided with a full medical history, so they can tell if there is another cause for halitosis other than the mouth. For the best medical treatment, tell the dentist what they need to know, so that way, they can provide the best.


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  1. Comment by Bad Breath Cure

    I have suffered with bad breath for about 5 years now. I spent a small fortune on bad breath cures. Nothing I tried seem to work even as it said it would. I read this site and think it is useful and gives me something to think about. In any case it is always helpful to just to have people writing about it. Kathy Jones. NJ.

    on August 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm