Is halitosis a disease?
#108859. Asked by flem-ish. (Sep 16 09 6:06 AM)
There is some controversy over the role of periodontal diseases in causing bad breath. Whereas bacteria growing below the gumline (subgingival dental plaque) have a foul smell upon removal, several studies reported no statistical correlation between malodor and periodontal parameters.|
Halitosis is not a disease, but a condition or "symptom," if you will: |
"An estimated sixty-five percent of Americans have bad breath. Over forty-million Americans have "chronic halitosis," which is persistent bad breath. Ninety percent of all halitosis is of oral, not systemic, origin."
Here are characteristic bad breath odors associated with some of these illnesses:
•Diabetes - acetone, fruity
•Liver failure - sweetish, musty
•Acute rheumatic fever - acid, sweet
•Lung abscess - foul, putrefactive
•Blood dyscrasias - resembling decomposed blood
•Liver cirrhosis - resembling decayed blood
•Uremia - ammonia or urine
•Hand-Schuller-Christian disease - fetid breath and unpleasant taste
•Scurvy - foul breath from stomach inflammation
•Wegner`s granulomatosis - Necrotic, putrefactive
•Kidney failure - ammonia or urine
•Diphtheria, dysentery, measles, pneumonia, scarlet fever, tuberculosis - extremely foul, fetid odor
•Syphilis - fetid
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