DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF BAD BREATH

Overview:

Bad breath is an unpleasant breath smell. It is normally a consequence of an underlying ailment like diabetes mellitus, liver disease etc. However, bad breath could be psychological or have an unknown cause.

Investigation

Bad breath is a condition that can be noticed by a close relative, friend or companion to the patient. The patient may or may not be aware of the condition. The main investigative tool for bad breath is the nose. Main while, other investigations are;

  • Breath test
  • Use of halitometer

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Diagnosis

Though bad breath is a diagnosis, it is also a symptom of ailments like chronic bronchitis and sinusitis. The scientific name of bad breath is;

  • Halitosis

Treatment

Treating the underlying sickness is important in the management of bad breath. The treatment options are as follows;

  • Scaling and polishing
  • Treatment of cause
  • Gum treatment
  • Surgery to remove infected tonsils
  • Evaluation of the antrum
  • Gingival curettage

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