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Halitosis FAQ

Halitosis FAQ


Is bad breath contagious?

The most common source of bad breath is oral bacteria. As in all oral infections, these bacteria are contagious and can affect all family members or any people in close contact with each other.

What are the signs that I have bad breath?

Most individuals notice that there is an unpleasant taste in the morning and sometimes during the day. The most common reason for this is the toxic products that bacteria produce and dump onto your tongue. If you have bad breath, you might notice some sign of this through body language of those around you -- for example, moving away or not getting close. In families, a common sign is being asked if you have brushed your teeth even if you have brushed recently. Those individuals whose breath is very bad often lose the sense of smell and taste because the chemicals that these bacteria produce are very harmful to the cells of the body, including those of smell and taste.

I have bad breath all the time, but my dentist says I don't have any cavities or gum disease. How can OraVital® help me?

Halitosis, or persistent bad breath, is an oral infection caused by an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria in the mouth. The toxic and malodourous byproducts of these bacteria cause the bad smell and taste. OraVital® treatment eliminates the bacterial overgrowth and returns your mouth to a healthy state with no more bad breath. Click here to learn more about OraVital® treatment of oral infections like halitosis.

For the past few months I have been getting lumps in the pockets of my tonsils. They feel sore and I get bad breath. When I breathe through my nose, I can smell this myself. After a few weeks the lumps get big enough and fall out. This is very unpleasant. The problem goes away for a few weeks but then starts all over again. What are these lumps and what is my problem?

You most likely have tonsilloliths. These cauliflower-like lumps are a combination of bacteria, food debris, dead cells and mucous. This material accumulates in the small pockets in the tonsils and eventually the action of the throat muscles forces some of it out. The odour from the tonsilloliths is unpleasant because of the bacterial byproducts. Tonsilloliths can be treated with the antibiotic rinse followed by antimicrobial rinses. The number of lumps, the size of the lumps and the frequency they appear can all be reduced dramatically but it takes some time for all of the lumps to work themselves out of the pockets. Eventually, they may disappear altogether. If the tonsils are considerably enlarged, inflamed and very infected, it is best to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for a diagnosis. With such severe cases, surgical removal of the tonsils is the most effective way to eliminate this problem. Laser surgery to remove the pits and smooth out the tonsils has also been used effectively for some individuals. For others, the tonsilloliths reappeared.

Although my elderly mother has no teeth and wears dentures she has very bad breath. What would cause this problem?

Bacteria that use protein as their food grow on the tongue and the back of the tongue as well as the teeth. These bacteria can also infect the dentures. A microbiology test will show where the Gram-negative groups of bacteria are most predominant. The OraVital® antibiotic rinse will decrease these bacteria. The denture will also be treated to reduce the numbers of bacteria that are present to prevent re-infection.

How long will a client with halitosis need to continue to use maintenance rinses?

After being on the OraVital® treatment program for 2 or 3 years most clients no longer require the maintenance rinses. Sometimes clients choose to continue using one of the non-prescription rinses because they like the safety of having a rinse. Occasionally, lifestyle changes resulting in stress, poor diet or illness can result in the return of mouth odour and/or the periodontal disease. When this happens, a full retreatment with the antibiotic medication rinses and a return to the maintenance rinse regiment would be required to rebalance the oral bacteria.

If halitosis (bad breath) or gum inflammation / gum recession return, should the antibiotic medication rinse be prescribed again?

For those clients whose biofilm begins to shift from healthy to disease-producing, a retreatment with the antibiotic medication would be necessary as well as a return to using the maintenance rinses.

If a patient does not change his/her smoking habits, will treatment still make a significant difference or does the patient have to reduce the number of cigarettes or stop completely for the treatment to be effective?

OraVital® treatment will significantly reduce gingivitis and periodontal disease even if the client continues to smoke, although the antibiotic rinse will not penetrate into pockets that are greater than 6 mm. This treatment will reduce breath odours overall, as smoking odours combined with bacterial odours can be very offensive. The reduction of bacterial byproducts will change the intensity of "smoker's breath" but some tobacco odour will remain. Of course, it is always in the individual's best interests to stop smoking.

Where can I get OraVital® treatment for gum disease, halitosis, and oral infection?

OraVital® Clinics are carefully selected, full-service dental clinics that have special OraVital® equipment and training. There are many OraVital® Clinics in Canada, United States and Europe. Click here for a directory of OraVital® Clinics.