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Dr, I have bad breath



Hello to all the community, because of the use of the mouthpiece, I have received several patients who have told me that they have bad breath, because they themselves breathe their breath, noticing an unpleasant odor.




Halitosis is the name of this pathology and can be defined as an unpleasant odor coming from oneself or another person, causing a social and psychological problem, it can have different causes.



Halitosis can have a bacterial origin due to gum pathologies such as periodontitis or gingivitis, lack of hygiene, accumulation of food debris between the teeth or in cavities opened by caries, when we have pathologies in the salivary glands and we have what we call dry mouth or problems in the production of saliva, the appearance of fistulas and abscesses, infections at the level of the pharynx, tonsils, certain types of food and stomach pathologies.


There is a morning halitosis: it is due to dryness or low saliva production while sleeping, which causes the proliferation of bacteria that produce foul-smelling gases.


Elderly patients have hormonal, degenerative and systemic changes in their organism, which affect the production of saliva and cause bad breath and if they are carriers of prosthesis the problem is accentuated.


Smoking patients tend to have bad breath.


The consumption of certain foods such as onions and garlic leaves an unpleasant odor.




After differentiating the cause that produces bad breath we have several protocols to apply.


First, if it is of oral origin, eliminate the local irritants that cause bad breath with a supra and infra gingival tartrectomy, to remove plaque, tartar and dental calculus, as well as treat caries and any infectious process.


To strengthen a good oral hygiene, with emphasis on the tongue, due to its texture is where most bacteria accumulate and gingival ridges.


In case of stomach problems, refer the patient to a gastroenterologist.


My recommendation

Perform periodic prophylaxis and elimination of any infectious focus, there are in the market a lot of creams and mouthwashes that can help control halitosis, in case of stomach problems follow the instructions of specialists.



This is a very unpleasant situation for the patient, it affects his self-esteem and self-confidence, being afraid to speak, but it is something that can be controlled by following the instructions recommended by the professional.


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