Bad Breath - Halitosis

Bad Breath - Halitosis

What is halitosis or bad breath?

Halitosis is a condition of having offensive or “bad breath”. Nobody wants to have bad breath, and many consumers are in search of Products –including toothpaste, mouthwash and mints –that promise a quick cure for halitosis and fresher-smelling breath. Bad breath is often self-perceived and there is no test or device to diagnose or measure the problem. Breath mints or mouthwash may freshen the breath short-term, but do not often get to the root of the problem. A common source of bad breath is the mouth and tongue. therefore, a trip to the dentist is the first step to rule out any dental problems.

What causes halitosis?

Decaying or rotten teeth. Bacteria and acids in the mouth form a sticky deposit called dental plaque that clings to the teeth. If the plaque is not removed, the acids will destroy the tooth’s enamel surface –resulting in holes and cavities. If left untreated, tooth decay can result in a foul odor in the mouth.

Food trapped in the teeth or tongue. Bacteria and food particles can become lodged in the teeth or stuck on the papillae (small projections on the tongue) - causing bad breath. It’s important to brush and floss the teeth, and brush the tongue and back of it to remove food debris. Tongue scrapers are available to help remove debris from the tongue. The Hydro Floss® Oral Irrigator is an excellent tool to remove trapped food and debris from the teeth and gum.

The Hydro Floss® Oral Irrigator also assist in the removal and flushing of plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth.


Ilonka Hofmann