Halitosis : Bad Breathe

Bad breath can be detrimental to one's self- image and confidence causing social, emotional, and psychological anxiety. With the majority of breath problems having an oral origin, the dental office is the most logical place for patients to seek treatment. Halitosis is derived from the Latin word "Halitasia" meaning bad breath and the

Greek word "Osis" meaning disease or condition. Halitosis is an unpleasant or offensive odour emanating from the oral cavity, leading to discomfort and psychosocial embarrassment. Halitosis is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental aid, following tooth decay and periodontal disease.

The etiology of halitosis is related to release of odiferous compounds like volatile sulphur compounds in the exhaled air. Breath odor has important socio-economic consequences and can reveal important diseases. Thus, a proper diagnosis and determination of the etiology allows initiation of the proper treatment.

Source: Halitosis : An update, Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences, IOSR- JDMS: Vol 16, Issue 1, ver 8, Jan2017 Link to download