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 significantly 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. Consuming food like garlic, onions and tuna can also contribute to breath odor. 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 odor-causing bacteria produce compounds called volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) that reside in the posterior area of the tongue, 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, gingivitis and periodontal disease)
- Dentures (plaque and food can develop on dentures)
- Dry mouth (lack of saliva flow) Sinus/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 consist of an initial consult to determine your cause of bad breath. Scaling and polishing treatment that reduces odor-causing bacteria will be carried out and freshen up the breath will be done by a dentist. It involves removal of plaque and tartar deposits that build up on your teeth over time as well as cleaning stains caused by coffee, tea or red wine. Prophy-Jet uses high pressure solution to remove debris, tooth stains and dental plaque. A post-care kit containing medical patented oxygenating mouthwash, toothpaste, probiotics supplement and tongue cleaner will be given to help further 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.
BREATH MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME
The breath management programme consist of: Consultation with a dentist, 2 sessions of scaling and polishing treatment, a post-care kit consisting of a patented Oxygenating mouthwash, toothpaste, tongue cleaner and probiotics supplement.
2 Months for $268
OXYFRESH ORIGINAL LOW-ABRASION TOOTHPASTE
OXYFRESH FRESH MINT MOUTHRINSE MOUTHWASH
OOLITTL® TONGUE SCRAPER
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