Bad breath (halitosis) Düsseldorf
How does bad breath develop?
Humans exhale 78 % nitrogen, 17 % oxygen, 4 % carbon dioxide and about 1 % other gases. These gases can contain substances that smell unpleasant. Up to 90% of bad breath is caused by substances in the mouth, for example, tongue coating can be a key factor in bad breath.
Where does bad breath come from?
Bad breath can be caused by inflammation of the gums, removable dentures but also changes in the oral mucosa. Dry mouth can also lead to bad breath. The reduced flow of saliva leads to dry oral mucous membranes, on which bacteria increasingly decompose food residues and thus cause bad breath. Dry mouth can be caused by several factors. Smokers are more often affected by bad breath compared to non-smokers, as the drying out of the mouth in addition to smoker’s breath also leads to bad breath.
What can be done about bad breath?
Regular check-ups and professional teeth cleaning for prevention are very important in this context. If bad breath is suspected, an odour test is carried out. During the regular check-up, inflammations as well as changes in the oral mucosa can be detected, while the correct care and also cleaning of the tongue is explained during the professional dental cleaning.
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