BAD BREATH (HALITOSIS) - CAUSES, TREATMENT & MANAGEMENT

ITS MORE THAN JUST EMBARRASSING
Also known as halitosis, bad breath is more than just embarrassing. Although not a serious medical condition, it can lead to a negative impact both personally and socially resulting in poor self-esteem or sometimes even depression. Therefore, it is advisable to seek treatment as early as possible.

WHAT CAUSES IT?
The causes of bad breath may not only be limited to poor oral hygiene. In many cases, it could be associated with underlying illnesses such as diabetes or certain medical conditions like gastrointestinal conditions. People who use tobacco and alcohol can also experience bad breath. Consuming food like garlic, onions and tuna can also contribute to breath odour. Food can stay in the mouth in between the teeth, around the gums and especially the back of the tongue resulting in bacterial accumulation. People who use tobacco and alcohol can also experience bad breath. These odour-causing bacteria produce compounds called volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs), causing bad breath.

Most of the time, brushing alone is insufficient to get rid of bad breath. Other causes of bad breath can include the following:

  • Dental issues (poor oral hygiene, gum disease, tooth decay)
  • Dentures (plaque and food can develop on dentures)
  • Dry mouth (lack of saliva flow)
  • Sinus or throat infections
  • Systemic diseases (Diabetes, lung infections or abscesses, kidney/liver failure, gastrointestinal conditions)
  • Patients who are dieting on a regular basis

CAN IT BE TREATED?
Bad breath can be treated by a dentist. The breath management programme consists of an initial consult to determine your cause of bad breath, followed by scaling and polishing treatments.

Scaling and polishing reduces odour-causing bacteria by removing of plaque and tartar deposits that build up on your teeth over time as well as cleaning stains caused by coffee, tea or tobacco. A post-care kit containing anti-bacterial mouthwash, toothpaste, probiotics supplement and toothbrush, will be given to help eliminate bacteria and its growth. Finally, a follow-up review will be done after 2 months to evaluate the results followed by another scaling and polishing treatment.

The outlook for fresh breath is usually excellent as long as you stick to your dentist’s treatment plan and oral hygiene instructions.

BREATH MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME

The breath management programme consist of: Consultation with a dentist, OPG x-ray, two sessions of scaling and polishing treatment, a post-care kit consisting of a anti-bacterial mouthwash, acid-neutralising toothpaste, toothbrush and probiotic supplements.

2 Months for $268

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