Q :My husband has bad breath, is there anything that can be done?
A: Chronic bad breath or Halitosis is most often caused by bacteria in the mouth. Sufferers usually don't know they have a problem unless they are told by a friend or loved one.
Dental conditions that contribute to Halitosis include gum disease, tooth decay, ill-fitting dental dentures or bridges and excess dental plaque. The plaque usually is present both around the teeth and on the surface of the tongue. Bacteria present with these conditions produce Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VOC) that are responsible for the bad odors.
To eliminate Halitosis the following steps should be taken:
1. Treat any current dental problems. This will eliminate excessive plaque and the odor causing bacteria.
2. Practice good oral hygiene. Brush with an electric toothbrush and use dental floss.
3. Clean your tongue. Under a microscope the tongue looks like a shag carpet. Odor causing bacteria can be present in large numbers on the tongue. The use of a tongue cleaner is effective in removing this plaque.
4. Use mouthwash containing chlorine dioxide. Chlorine dioxide neutralizes VOC to control odors. Closys is the mouthwash I recommend.
Halitosis is an embarrassing problem. Most sufferers do not even realize they have the condition. Fortunately it can be easily treated and eliminated.
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