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How can we avoid halitosis?

How can we avoid halitosis?

At Blasi Clínica Dental Barcelona, ​​as recommended dentists in Barcelona, ​​we are specialists in the treatment of all kinds of problems that can affect oral health. In this post we want to talk about halitosis, popularly known as "bad breath". We will do it focusing on its causes and ways to combat this problem.

The first thing we want to show is that halitosis is not always the result of poor oral hygiene. Occasionally, it hides problems of the digestive system. However, what interests us as dentists is the first cause, that of not respecting the correct hygiene guidelines.

You already know that hygiene is a sine qua non condition to prevent, not only cavities, but also periodontal diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis. And of course, bad breath. Halitosis is due to the malodorous substances that bacteria generate when they degrade. They do so with more intensity on the back of the back of the tongue and in the area of ​​the periodontal pockets. That is why at Clínica Blasi we remind our patients every time they visit us the importance of brushing their tongue thoroughly when we wash our mouths. There are specific tools for this, such as the tongue cleaner. This will be our ideal ally when it comes to cleaning the tongue because it is softer than the conventional brush. With the tongue cleaner we will eliminate the layer of bacteria and food residues that accumulate on the surface of the tongue. This tongue cleaner is much more efficient than a brush in eliminating more bacteria allowing to reach the most distant areas of the tongue.

Two types of halitosis

We said earlier that halitosis can be of two types. Let's see them one by one:

Oral: affects the oral cavity and is usually the result of an excessive accumulation of oral biofilm, bacterial plaque on the tongue. Of course, tobacco also affects. In fact, 90% of halitosis cases are explained by this reason.

Extraoral: it is mainly due to systemic disorders, upper or lower respiratory tract or digestive system. It can also be a symptom of liver or kidney disease.