Halitosis or bad breath

    Halitosis, or bad breath, affects almost 50% of the population at some time during adult life and may become a habitual or chronic problem.

    Generally speaking, it is caused by bacterial decomposition of food particles, cells, blood and certain components of the saliva. The products formed by this decomposition generate volatile gases (normally sulphur derivatives) and it is these gases that cause halitosis. 90% of the causes of halitosis are to be found in the mouth, and not in the stomach as is often thought.

    On occasions, it may be related with periodontal diseases: gingivitis and periodontitis. The treatment of bad breath consists of treating the cause and regularly brushing the teeth, using dental floss and cleaning the surface of the tongue.

    If you would like to see someone about this problem, you are welcome to book a diagnostic appointment to discuss the solutions available to you.