Halitosis

Mouth odour is unpleasant and isolating. While this is true, you can do something about it.

There are two types of mouth odour:

  • Localised mouth odour that develops in the oral cavity (80–90% of all cases develop in the oral cavity or the nasopharyngeal space)
  • Systemic mouth odour caused by illness
     

Localised mouth odour is caused by:

  • insufficient oral hygiene or tongue hygiene
  • poor teeth (caries, residual roots)
  • traces of food in the oropharynx
  • drinking alcohol
  • smoking
  • inflammations of the oral mucosa
  • inflammation of the gums
  • dry mouth when speaking
  • periodontitis
  • infections in the oral cavity
  • infections in the nasopharyngeal space
     

Systemic, generalised mouth odour caused by illness such as:

  • diabetes mellitus, diabetic coma (glucose imbalance)
  • hiatus hernia (hernia of the diaphragm)
  • cirrhosis of the liver, hepatic encephalopathy
  • chronic or acute renal failure
  • Zenker’s diverticulum
  • medications containing sulphur
  • disruptions to the intestinal flora
     

What you can do yourself about mouth odour:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, particularly black tea
  • Use a sage tea to rinse your mouth or antibacterial mouth rinses such as Listerine
  • Use dental floss after brushing your teeth
  • Clean your tongue using a tongue cleaner
  • Clean your teeth after every meal
     

These measures obviously will not help in every case, particularly for teeth affected by caries or infections in the oral cavity. As specialists, we can help in these situations. We will discuss with you how to proceed and then carry out the treatment together.