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Halitosis

When the reason for bad breath is lurking inside your mouth.

It’s still a taboo for many people and yet something which affects a great deal of people – halitosis, more commonly referred to as bad breath. There are a range of causes of the foul-smelling breath that everybody finds very unpleasant.

In the majority of cases, bad breath is caused by issues in the oropharyngeal region. It is not only bits of food between our teeth that cause it: diseases such as tooth decay (caries), periodontitis and bacterial colonies on the tongue can also lead to bad breath. In addition, the cause can also be serious general illnesses.

Oral causes:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Insufficient tongue cleaning
  • Carious lesions
  • Deep tooth pockets
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Abscesses in the oral cavity
  • Stomatitis
  • Infections in the oral cavity
  • Malignant tumours

Non-oral causes:

  • Upper airway infections
  • General diseases such as diabetes and kidney or liver disease
  • Food allergies
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Nicotine use
  • Medications such as antibiotics

Diagnosis with the Halimeter

Using electrochemical sensors which react to sulphur compounds, we analyse the intensity of the bad breath using a state-of-the-art Halimeter. Before, during and after halitosis therapy – that helps us monitor the progress and success of the treatment.

Viewing the patient’s health as a whole, we examine the oral cavity thoroughly, check the health of the teeth, perform periodontal screening, analyse the tongue deposits and measure the saliva flow rate. When doing so, we pay special attention to the patient’s general medical history and all factors that influence each other.