Halitosis or bad breath is socially unacceptable but self-diagnosis is difficult, as it is not possible to easily detect an odour from ones’ own breath. Those who have halitosis are often unaware of it and often may be informed by friends or relatives. Halitosis is mainly caused by excessive amounts of volatile sulphur compounds being produced by bacteria in the mouth. Studies have shown that up to 50 per cent of adults suffer from mouth odour in early morning before breakfast or toothbrushing. The reason for this is that saliva incubates bacteria in the mouth during sleep (reduced saliva flow).
- Regular visits to your Dental Hygienist.
- Plaque control and oral hygiene products aimed at controlling dental caries and periodontal disease can also help prevent halitosis.
- Mouthwashes also help reduce halitosis.
- Tongue cleaning devices can also be effective in controlling halitosis.