Can Bad Breath Be A Sign Of Cancer? How Is Halitosis Treated?

Could bad breath be a sign of cancer
Could bad breath be a sign of cancer

Otorhinolaryngology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Yavuz Selim Yıldırım gave information on the subject. Bad breath is an important reason affecting human relations, people around him are more uncomfortable than the person who smells bad. It is an important health problem. It is mostly temporary, but if it is continuous, it is necessary to investigate and treat. It can occur mostly due to problems in the mouth, tongue, teeth and stomach. It negatively affects business life, family life and social environment.

It is necessary to approach bad breath in a multidisciplinary manner. First of all, the Otorhinolaryngology Specialist should make an assessment, however, the dentist and the Gastroentrology Specialist should also examine the patient. Continuous malodour that did not exist before and afterwards can be a symptom of various cancers such as stomach cancer, liver cancer, laryngeal cancer and tongue root cancer.

Common causes of bad breath other than cancer are; Drying of the mouth and throat area due to mouth breathing and bad breath due to the increase of bacteria in this area, bad breath caused by bacteria accumulating in the tongue root, problems related to teeth and gums, intense nasal discharge, throat infections, stone formation in the tonsils, alcohol Smoking-tobacco use, diabetes and kidney diseases, side effects of some medications and insufficient fluid intake.

How is bad breath treated?

First of all, the reason should be found and various tests can be done for this. It should be investigated where the smell comes from. If the source of the odor cannot be determined, chronic sinusitis infections, chronic tonsil infections, chronic stomach problems and chronic dental and gum ailments should be checked one by one.

If necessary, it should undergo a detailed gastroenterology examination and endoscopy may be considered, if the odor does not disappear despite the appropriate period and dose of treatment.

Tooth and gum ailments and caries that may cause them, bridges, prostheses should be corrected.

How to get rid of bad breath in healthy people?

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Smoking and alcohol use should be abandoned
  • Regular teeth should be brushed every day
  • Foods that give off odor should be avoided
  • The tongue should be brushed with the soft face of the toothbrush
  • Foods that cause reflux should be avoided
  • Shouldn't be hungry for a long time

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