What Is Halitosis?

When people brush their teeth, oral odors disappear. But, for those with halitosis the odor can linger and remains persistent. The medical term for chronic bad breath is halitosis, and the condition can be very difficult to self-diagnose as the bad scent may be familiar to those who have it, and yet it severely bothers those around them. Bad breath can significantly impact social life, work as well as other aspects of daily living and this is true for children who suffer from halitosis.
If it has been noted that bad oral odor lingers after a regular brushing and flossing routine, halitosis may be to blame.

What Causes Bad Breath?


While a dentist can easily identify what causes halitosis, some of the most common causes of bad breath are: gum disease, poor oral hygiene, unhealthy lifestyle choices (poor diet, smoking or chewing tobacco), pungent foods and certain medical conditions, (such as diabetes, blood disease, lung cancer and kidney problems). 

Other medical issues that can trigger halitosis are sinus or tonsil infections, eating disorders (anorexia nervosa or bulimia) and other illnesses which may encourage mucus to begin developing may lead to chronic bad breath. Dry mouth can also lead to halitosis as saliva assists to rid the mouth of bacteria.