Halitosis is better known as bad breath. We are not talking about bad breath caused by eating highly flavored or seasoned foods. Bad breath is mainly caused by a bacterial infection in the mouth, stomach, lungs, and sinuses, as well as tooth decay. For most, mouthwashes and thorough tooth brushing will not eliminate the problem because the problem goes much deeper. Additionally, one of the first signs of gum problems is halitosis. If treated properly by a dentist the gum problem may be controlled and the bad breath will decrease.
Halitosis is not limited to patients with natural teeth. Even individuals with dentures complain about it. Improper cleaning of dentures or bridgework, dental decay, as well as dry mouth can contribute to bad breath. Regular dental checkups and effective cleaning of teeth, dentures or bridgework can prevent bad breath.