Saturday, September 12, 2009

Control of Halitosis

Apart from pain, halitosis and a dry mouth are two most common conditions our patients seek advice for. Halitosis or oral malodour can be due to many reasons but main reason being the advanced periodontal disease. The main causes for Halitosis are Oral Sepsis, Dry Mouth, Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Gastrointestinal Disease, Starvation , Hepatic Failure, Renal Failure, Respiratory Disease, Habits like Smoking alcohol ,Systemic Diseases or psychogenic Factors.
Points for patients:
Treat any identifiable cause: This may need medication.
Avoid foods such as onion, garlic, spices.
Avoid habits that may worsen breath odour such as alcohol or tobacco.
Keep a regular oral hygiene and brush regularly after meals.
Rinse at least twice daily with chlorhexidene, triclosan or other mouth washes.
Keep your mouth moist as possible by using sugar free chewing gums.
If you have dentures, leave them out at night in hypochlorite or chlorhexidene.

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