At the The Center For Breath Treatment we see many patients with many different causes to their halitosis condition. One of the top culprits of halitosis, or bad breath, is issues relating to sinuses. Sinus infections and sinusitis is caused by the excess mucus that develops from the infection. The mucus may cause an unpleasant odor and is released as people exhale through their open mouths or nose. People with sinusitis can feel pressure, pain and tenderness in their faces. Intense headaches are also common. Individuals may feel tired, dizzy and the inner ear may feel congested and ache. People may feel pain around their teeth, gums and jaw. This discomfort can be caused by inflammation in the sinuses causes them to swell. The swelling causes fever and nausea for the individual.
The symptom of postnasal drip is often present during a sinus infection
and can often remain after the sinusitis is cured. Postnasal drip is
caused by excessive mucus collecting in the nose and throat. The
excessive mucus can be deposited on the tongue and this can produce an
environment which produces a halitosis condition. A tickling feeling in
the throat will often cause people to cough. Additional signs of
postnasal drip are a thick mucous like feeling in the back of the
throat. People often spit mucus in an attempt to clear the throat. A
runny nose or rhinorrhea may also be present with a sinus infection.
Many different conditions typically coexist to create halitosis.
Visiting a Physician
The symptom of halitosis is embarrassing and people should see a halitosis specialist
about this condition. A physician with a specialty of ears, nose and
throat is often the best choice for diagnosing and treating sinus
problems and are also the health care professionals that primarily work
with patients who have halitosis. The sinuses, throat, nose, tongue and
other mouth parts will be examined to determine if they are related to a
bad breath condition. The tonsils and adenoid glands will be inspected
closely for signs of infection. If there is a sign of infection a
prescription for antibiotics may be ordered to cure the sinusitis.
Curing the sinus infection will eventually reduce the excess production
of mucus and when there is less mucus the postnasal drip will improve
and this can lead to improvement in the halitosis condition.
Home Treatment for Halitosis
Saline sinus rinses can be purchased over-the-counter and used to clear
the mucus from nasal passages. And a decongestant can relieve congestion
in the sinus cavities. Also proper dental care can also assist in
eliminating pungent breath. People should brush their teeth several
times a day with the best electrical toothbrush.
Using mouthwash, breath spray and special mints can temporarily reduce
breath odor. People should continue to drink adequate amounts of water
and nutritious meals. The halitosis or bad breath condition gradually
improves with proper treatment.
author: Dr. Anthony Dailley is a practicing dentist that specializes
in halitosis treatment. He has been practicing since 1981 and graduated from
San Francisco State University with a degree in Cell & Molecular Biology,
and obtained his dental degree from the Pacific School of Dentistry. Dr.
Dailley founded the Center for Breath
Treatment in the San Francisco Bay Area and conducts research on curing
halitosis. Dr. Dailley has also been a founder in a biotech company called
NovaBay Pharmaceuticals and on their board of directors from 1997 -2014.