Halitosis: why it’s connected to periodontitis and how to manage successfully

Halitosis: why it’s connected to periodontitis and how to manage successfully

Topics: Periodontal, halitosis

Halitosis and periodontal disease are strictly related, and the former is one of the first symptoms of the latter. Especially when bad breath is a persistent or even chronic problem, the chances that it might be related to periodontitis are very high.

But let’s step back and review the definition, first. Halitosis indicates the unpleasant smell emitted when a person breathes or speaks, and this condition is more widespread than people imagine. In some cases, bad breath is momentary and only linked to fleeting conditions, such as the assumption of medications, dehydration, stress, smoking or the consumption of specific foods and beverages.

In other cases, however, halitosis is still persistent even in the absence of those conditions and even after a person brushes their teeth. Usually, chronic bad breath is directly connected with periodontal disease, an infectious disease caused by aggressive bacteria that invade the periodontium (the structure supporting the teeth, consisting in gums, bone, root cementum and periodontal ligament). Periodontal disease causes chronic and degenerative inflammation of the tissues and, in its final stages, produces tooth loss.

When bad breath is a persistent and unavoidable condition, it is usually linked to intra-oral causes deriving from tooth decay to severe stages of periodontitis. That is why halitosis should never be ignored or dismissed as an unimportant issue. Quite the opposite: this symptom should always be investigated with the help of a professional, who will be able to assess the condition of your mouth and discover possible issues.

When halitosis is linked to periodontal disease, the bad breath emitted by the mouth is the result of the metabolism of anaerobic bacteria present in the periodontal pockets and decayed lesions. Food debris, in various stages of decay, and lack of oxygen cause bad breath. When halitosis is also accompanied by swollen, inflamed and/or bleeding gums, its link to pyorrhea is even more apparent.

To intervene successfully on the symptom (halitosis), it is necessary to manage the condition at its roots (periodontitis) properly.

At IMI Clinic, we have perfected what we call “Periodontal Bio-Laser Assisted Therapy,” an innovative protocol that allows us to treat periodontitis more effectively and definitively.

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Thanks to the combined use of our two best alliessurgical microscope and high-power laser – we can treat periodontal disease without having to resort to surgery.

Our protocol:

  • Does not require anesthesia
  • Is not painful for the patient
  • Is not invasive
  • Is not surgical
  • Guarantees a quick recovery
  • Eliminates gum bleeding right away
  • Reduces or eliminates tooth mobility
  • Closes periodontal pockets
  • Regenerates the periodontal tissue (bone and ligament)
  • Eliminates halitosis
  • Preserves the function of the teeth
  • Overcomes the problem of relapses
  • Has a much higher success rate compared to traditional, surgical approach to periodontitis

The combined use of the microscope and laser throughout the entire therapeutic procedure allows the radical decontamination of all periodontal pockets in our patient’s mouth.

By effectively eliminating the infection, halitosis is also eradicated – as it is nothing but a symptom indicating a very specific ailment – and the overall oral health is restored.