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Bacterial tongue evidence is the most common cause of bad breath
Every fourth German occasionally suffers from halitosis - bad breath. 90 percent of unpleasant smelling breath is caused by odor-forming tongue deposits, colonization of certain bacteria in the spaces and gum pockets, carious lesions and peri-implantitis. Although many are affected, nobody likes to talk about bad breath. "Once the causes of bad breath have been clarified, individual treatment concepts ensure fresh breath again. Bad breath can also be combated through daily use of prophylactic aids, ”explains Dr. Giedre Matuliene, specialist for periodontology and implantology, those affected in the Hamburg practice Dr. Thomsen & Kollegen offers a special halitosis consultation hour.
Since the human nose quickly gets used to its own smells, patients do not perceive their own bad breath. Dentists provide reliable information here and draw up a breath log for diagnosis using a measuring device, the so-called halimeter. They measure the air they breathe from their mouth and nose separately to determine whether the causes of bad breath are inside or outside the oral cavity. A detailed medical history completes the breathing protocol. Dentists provide further important information for the treatment of tongue coating indices. Using a three-point scale, they show whether tongue coating is present and how strong it is. A division of the tongue into six different areas reveals which areas are affected by topping. If odor-forming plaque plays an important role, professional tooth cleaning and the necessary further treatment take place. Finally, dentists give their patients instructions on how to improve their daily oral care in the future.
Daily tongue cleaning is one of the most important measures to eliminate halitosis. With its rough surface, it offers bacteria ideal living conditions, the uncontrolled growth of which causes teeth to become contaminated again after brushing. Patients who already suffer from periodontitis are exacerbated. "Tongue cleaners used daily ensure a healthy oral cavity and fresh breath permanently," says Dr. Matuliene. “Particularly important when using it: if possible, clean the majority of the tongue surface. Because especially in the back depressions of the rough tongue, sulfur compounds develop through the decomposition processes, which cause an unpleasant smell. ”Toothpastes and mouthwashes with an antibacterial effect support cleaning, but dental floss and interdental brushes are also part of daily oral care. They remove bacterial plaque and thoroughly clean interdental spaces.