halitosis

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halitosis

(hăl'ĭtō`sĭs), unpleasant odor carried on the breath. It is usually the result of gum disorder, tooth decay, smoking, indulgence in aromatic foods, or a mild digestive upset. Known commonly as bad breath, halitosis may also be indicative of lung or sinus infection, uremia, cirrhosis of the liver, or tonsil stones. The minty odor of acetone on the breath is a symptom of diabetes mellitus. Successful treatment of halitosis consists of eliminating or controlling the underlying cause. Proper diet and dental hygiene are often helpful. Mouthwashes and scented toothpastes mask the condition but do not alleviate it. A physician should be consulted for persistent cases of halitosis.

halitosis

the state or condition of having bad breath
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Why do we have bad breath? It's certain most people will wake up with mouth odor at some time in their lives.
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There are many underlying causes of bad breath, but the most common causes tend to be dry mouth (leading to lack of saliva through smoking, drinking alcohol, snoring and long periods of speaking to name but a few), eating certain foods (such as onions, garlic, curry, coffee, dairy, meat, fish and refined and processed sugars) and illness and disease (according to studies, an estimated 10% of all halitosis cases are caused by certain illnesses).
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