Bad Breath/Halitosis Disorder in South Florida | Dr. Sonia Olivares
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
An estimated sixty-five percent of Americans have bad breath. Over forty-million Americans have “chronic halitosis,” which is persistent bad breath. Ninety percent of all halitosis is of oral, not systemic, origin.
Americans spend more than $1 billion a year on over the counter halitosis products, many of which are ineffective because they only mask the problem.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath is caused by a variety of factors. In most cases, it is caused by food remaining in the mouth – on the teeth, tongue, gums, and other structures, collecting bacteria. Dead and dying bacterial cells release a sulfur compound that gives your breath an unpleasant odor. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, contribute to breath odor. Once the food is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is transferred to the lungs, where it is exhaled. Brushing, flossing and mouthwash only mask the odor. Dieters sometimes develop unpleasant breath from fasting.
Periodontal (gum) disease often causes persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth, and persistent bad breath may mean a sign that you have gum disease.
Gum disease is caused by plaque – the sticky, often colorless, film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. Dry mouth or xerostomia may also cause bad breath due to decreased salivary flow. Saliva cleans your mouth and removes particles that may cause odor. Tobacco products cause bad breath, stain teeth, reduce your ability to taste foods and irritate your gum tissues. Bad breath may also be a sign that you have a serious health problem, such as a respiratory tract infection, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney ailment.
Here are characteristic bad breath odors associated with some of these illnesses:
- Diabetes – acetone, fruity
- Liver failure – sweetish, musty
- Acute rheumatic fever – acid, sweet
- Lung abscess – foul, putrefactive
- Blood dyscrasias – resembling decomposed blood
- Liver cirrhosis – resembling decayed blood
- Uremia – ammonia or urine
- Hand-Schuller-Christian disease – fetid breath and unpleasant taste
- Scurvy – foul breath from stomach inflammation
- Wegner`s granulomatosis – Necrotic, putrefactive
- Kidney failure – ammonia or urine
- Diphtheria, dysentery, measles, pneumonia, scarlet fever, tuberculosis – extremely foul, fetid odor
- Syphilis – fetid
Bad breath may also be caused by medications you are taking, including central nervous system agents, anti-Parkinson drugs, antihistamines/decongestants, anti-psychotics, anti-cholinergics, narcotics, anti-hypertensives, and anti-depressants.
The #1 leading cause of halitosis (95% of all causes) is that the patient has developed a WHITE COATING ( tartar) over the tongue. This takes away the oxygen below creating a microclimate ; just as an arm does with the underarm developing odorous bacterium; just as every space that has low oxygen , the same happens with the white coating over the tongue, in this way anaerobic bacteria reproduce and are responsible of releasing smelly gases named volatile sulfur compounds that are captured by the sense of smell ( nose) of every human being except the person suffering from this problem.
The #2 cause of oral halitosis : The white coating bonds to your teeth causing gum inflammation ( gingivitis / periodontitis) and loss of bone tissue as well. When gums are inflamed the stagnated blood begins to decompose and releases another type of foul odor named volatile organic compounds ( VOC).
- Microscopy Test of Anaerobic Bacteria – Fungi.
- Halimeter Test = Breath Sample to determine the amount of volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) that halitosis bacteria realease. This procedures scores your breath.
- Organoleptic Test.
OUR REVOLUTIONARY TREATMENT is based on OXYGEN and its named OZONE THERAPY ; jointly with special formulated products that neutralizes VSC instantly and at our dental clinic we measure constantly bacteria until we reach the perfect amount of them, it is a dual treatment ; we do a big part and the patient does the rest at home.
Anaerobes MUST be part of your oral flora because they digest proteins, this is why we have to re-balance them , not make them disappear totally . When they reach the correct quantity , no odor can be perceived by any human nose, this feeling can be compared to “magic” since the change is from one second to another.
Our Professional Approach
Our work is to re-balance the quantity of bacteria through dental and bacteriology procedures. We treat simultaneously two,three or more causes of bad breath eliminating from the very first day the oral malodour.
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