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halitosis

 [hal″ĭ-to´sis]
offensive odor of the breath.

hal·i·to·sis

(hal'i-tō'sis),
A foul odor from the mouth.
[L. halitus, breath, + G. -osis, condition]

halitosis

/hal·i·to·sis/ (hal″ĭ-to´sis) offensive odor of the breath.

halitosis

(hăl′ĭ-tō′sĭs)

halitosis

[hal′itō′sis]
Etymology: L, halitus, breath; Gk, osis, condition
offensive breath resulting from poor oral hygiene; dental or oral infections; ingestion of certain foods, such as garlic or alcohol; use of tobacco; or some systemic diseases, such as the odor of acetone in diabetes and ammonia in liver disease.

bad breath

A generic term referring to unpleasant odours emanating from the mouth, the intensity of which differs according to the foods eaten, such as garlic, onions, red meat and fish. Other factors include obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption. It is generally worse upon awakening (“morning breath”) because the anaerobic bacteria in the mouth have had hours to proliferate and produce volatiles. Acute bad breath can be addressed by oral hygiene in the form of mouthwashes, brushing the teeth and tongue, flossing, and use of inter-dental brushes. Chronic bad breath affects up to 25% of the population and may be socially or professionally crippling, and, if extreme, may affect one’s self-esteem.

halitosis

Bad breath An offensive oral odor caused by either oral pathology–eg, poor dental hygiene with bacterial growth in plaques, acute or chronic gingivitis, or fungal overgrowth, GI pathology–eg, food entrapment in Zenker's diverticulum. See Body odor, Odors.

hal·i·to·sis

(hal-i-tō'sis)
A foul odor of the breath.
[L. halitus, breath, + G. -osis, condition]

halitosis

Bad breath. Most cases result from neglect of tooth brushing and flossing, odorous foodstuffs or drinks, smoking, gum infection (GINGIVITIS) or dental decay. Less common causes include DIABETES, BRONCHIECTASIS, lung abscess, atrophy of the nose lining (atrophic rhinitis), kidney failure or liver failure.

Halitosis

The medical term for bad breath.
Mentioned in: Bad Breath

halitosis,

n offensive-smelling breath; may be caused by inadequate oral hygiene, fasting, infections, smoking, eating strong-smelling foods, or cer-tain diseases.

hal·i·to·sis

(hal-i-tō'sis)
A foul odor from the mouth.
Synonym(s): fetor oris, ozostomia.
[L. halitus, breath, + G. -osis, condition]

halitosis

offensive odor of the breath.

Patient discussion about halitosis

Q. What causes bad breath? I have bad breath for a long time. What causes it?

A. Here are some causes of bad breath:
A Dry mouth- Saliva helps cleanse and moisten your mouth. A dry mouth enables dead cells to accumulate on your tongue, gums and cheeks. These cells then decompose and cause odor. Dry mouth naturally occurs during sleep. It's what causes "morning breath." Dry mouth is even more of a problem if you sleep with your mouth open. Some medications as well as smoking can lead to a chronic dry mouth, as can a problem with your salivary glands.
Some Diseases can also cause bad breath- Chronic lung infections and lung abscesses can produce very foul-smelling breath. Other illnesses, such as some cancers and certain metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor. Kidney failure can cause a urine-like odor, and liver failure may cause an odor described as "fishy." People with uncontrolled diabetes often have a fruity breath odor. Chronic reflux of stomach acids from your stomach (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD)

Q. How to get rid of bad breath? My wife complains that I have bad breath. How can I get rid of it?

A. Consider that candida infection can make your breath worse. You might try cutting down on sugar and carbs.

"Bad breath can also be caused by a candida (yeast infection), you may have a constant white furry tongue. Look at cutting down your intake of sugars and processed foods, as well as those containing yeast. - Search for Anti-Candida diet on a search engine for more info"
http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-Bad-Breath-on-the-Spot

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