The phenomenon of bad breath, professionally called halitosis (from Latin hali-tosis, fetor ex ore), is a condition that affects 80 percent of people.
society – it equally often affects women and men.
Doctor Urszula Leończak from Warsaw Dental Center talks about how serious this problem is.

Bad breath may occur throughout the day or periodically – for example only in the morning, after waking up or after a meal.Halitosis is most often caused by poor oral hygiene (as many as 87% of diagnosed cases).Improper tooth brushing causes tartar to accumulate on the teeth, and unremoved food remains are a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.As a result, caries, mucosa and gum diseases develop.It is then recommended to brush your teeth using the correct method and to use antiseptic fluids at least twice a day, and preferably after each meal. People who have acrylic dentures should also exercise great care during daily hygiene – it is a porous material, therefore
strains of bacteria develop on the surface.Bad breath may also signal the first symptoms of periodontal disease – a gum disease that usually develops in patients over 40 years of age.It is caused by bacteria in the dental plaque, which penetrates deeper and deeper into the gum pockets and causes inflammation. As a result, the tissues around the teeth, including the jaw bone tissue, are destroyed.
Tartar should be removed during a cleaning procedure performed by a dentist or hygienist – untreated periodontal disease leads to loosening and, consequently, loss of teeth.Often, unpleasant breath is the result of xerostomia, i.e. dry mouth, caused by the ingredients of drugs (especially strongly dehydrating anti-hypertensive drugs, because they dry out the throat and mouth, inhibit saliva secretion) or breathing through the mouth.A dry mouth allows dead cells to accumulate on the tongue and gums, resulting in: just bad breath.


Bow. dentist MSc Urszula Leończak

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