Bad Breath, also referred to as halitosis and oral malodour, is caused by many reasons such as eating certain food like garlic, onion; poor dental care; dry mouth; medications; infections in mouth, certain conditions like metabolic disorders, etc. The odors vary depending on the underlying cause.
HOW IS BAD BREATH DIAGNOSED?
Dentists smell the breath from your mouth and from your nose and the rate the odors. For further testing, he may even scrape your tongue to rate the smell. Sophisticated devices for analyzing breath may not always be available.
HOW IS BAD BREATH TREATED?
The dentist may treat you for gum disease with medication, and clean ups. Also, you may want to practice better dental hygiene at home with the help of a fluoride toothpaste.
DID YOU KNOW?
Unhealthy dieting can lead to halitosis. When people are starving, their bodies start burning fats causing their breath to develop the smell of ketones.