Elimination of bad breath
Bad breath (halitosis) is a serious reason for an appointment with a dentist. It might be only a temporary odour caused by xerostomia (dry mouth) or tongue build-up. However, it might be a symptom of a disease, i.e. pathological periodontal condition (see Treatment of Periodontal Diseases) or hidden tooth decay.
Although the cause of bad breath is usually in the mouth, a competent dentist must find out whether it is not a symptom of other diseases (e.g. digestive or respiratory disorders).
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