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Bad breath: Which are its causes and how to fight it?

Our breath or air that we expel through our mouth when we breathe varies from one person to another. Although each one of us can suffer from some degree of halitosis occasionally, there are those who suffer from it all the time. Despite there being people that are not aware of having bad breath, most of the time we ourselves realize that we suffer from halitosis.

Nevertheless, adults who suffer from it usually believe that it’s a social problem that diminishes their self-esteem and causes difficulties in social relations. For this reason, they don’t dare to talk about it and they even find it difficult to ask for professional help, which hinders them from fighting halitosis.

What is halitosis?

We understand halitosis or -bad breath- as every unpleasant odour coming from the oral cavity. Even if it’s true that such odour can be caused by various reasons, it’s usually the result of poor oral hygiene or due to specific teeth or gum diseases.

Causes of bad breath

After all we have mentioned before, we can distinguish two types of halitosis: oral (it originates in the oral cavity) and extra-oral (it originates in other parts of our body). The former, which is related to poor oral hygiene and oral problems, it’s the reason for 90% of bad breath cases. The latter corresponds only to the 10% of the cases and in some occasions, it can even be a manifestation of a certain pathology alien to the mouth.


How to get rid of bad breath?

With the aim at eliminating bad breath, first it will be necessary to identify its cause. For this, the most suitable is to consult with the dentist or your family doctor.

Any of such professionals will be able to, either help us to fight bad breath right away, or refer us to another specialist. Given that many people suffer from halitosis due to a lack of oral hygiene, we offer you a series of remedies to get rid of bad breath.


Visit your dentist regularly

It would be ideal to visit your dentist once or twice a year. In this way, he will be able to notice the existence of any oral disease at an early stage.

Our recommendation is to perform a professional oral cleaning once or twice a year to eliminate all dental plaque in your mouth, therefore, this will prevent bacterial development which causes cavities or periodontal diseases.

Your dentist is the most appropriate specialist to treat this problem in the first place. He will examine your general state of health  as well as your oral condition. He will also assess your oral habits and routines. And, in case halitosis needs to be treated by another professional, your dentist will also be the correct person to refer you.


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Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


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