Dental Tip: Halitosis
by Dr. Anthony Prezioso ◊ Mar 04, 2011
Halitosis is a fancy name for bad breath. This embarrassing situation has many causes, some of which are dentally related and some that are not.
One of the reasons bad breath develops is because there are bacteria present in our mouth all the time. Sulfur producing bacteria can be found on the surface of the tongue and in the throat. Tooth decay and abscesses of the gum can also cause a very foul odor.
Some other causes of bad breath are: chewing or smoking tobacco, taking drugs which cause dry mouth, poor oral health, periodontal disease, upper respiratory infections, and gastro-intestinal disorders. Poor fitting dentures or bridges can also trap food particles. The bacteria in your mouth actually feed on the food particles and produce a chemical byproduct that causes bad breath.
If you think halitosis is a problem for you, visit your dentist or doctor to determine if there is an underlying medical cause for your problem.
Dr. Anthony Prezioso is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Find out more about his practice at www.prezidental.com or call 203.281.1233.