The term Halitosis is comprised of two different terms: the Latin word for breath (halitus) and Greek word for cirrhosis of the Liver (osis). When the two words were combined the term Halitosis was made in accurately translating into the meaning “bad breath”.

Halitosis occurs in individuals who experience the growth of bacteria in their mouth area. These anaerobic bacteria produce volatile sulfur compounds that are characteristically a common trait of bad breath patients. The sulfur smell of your breath is an indicator that doctors use to diagnose the presence of these bacteria growing in a patient’s mouth.

The treatable areas of the mouth from the use cryptolysis are typically the gum region and the tonsil areas of the mouth. These areas of the mouth often contribute heavily to the growth of sulfur producing bacteria because of the deep crypts that form in some individuals. Food and debris are able to accumulate in deep pockets that are located in the gum and tonsils that are not reachable by conventional oral hygiene tools (toothbrush, waterpik, etc…). Because of this the food begins to decompose in your mouth and encourages the growth of sulfur producing bacteria.

Many individuals experience the effects of halitosis because of food and debris being lodged in their tonsils rather than their gums.  The tonsils accumulate food and debris more commonly in older individuals rather than infants and teens. Whitish yellowish clumps form on the tonsils and when released appear to be crumb like pieces of cheese. These “tonsil stones” have a horrible smell that accompanies them. There are documented cases of individuals comparing the smell to that of fecal matter (which indeed it does smell like).

Most individuals live their entire lives without understanding exactly what it is they are suffering from and how to treat it. With the advent of the Internet this problem has become more apparent and more documented and peers reviewed research has been conducted that has allowed individuals across the world to collaborate and share their personal stories and experiences with halitosis. A relatively new treatment called cryptolysis has been recently developed that has been able to almost completely eliminate bad breath as a result of bacteria accumulating in the tonsils or gums.

Cryptolysis works in such a way that it uses lasers to smooth out the rough surfaces of the tonsils allowed a smooth surface in which crypts no longer exist. Suffers of halitosis have found this procedure to be highly favored over having tonsillectomies because of the reduced recovery time. The procedure cryptolysis takes between 30 minutes and an hour and costs 1/10 of the price of a tonsillectomy. The recovery time can be compared to that of pulling out a wisdom tooth whereas a tonsillectomy requires that an individual take 2 -4 weeks to recover.

Recent studies have shown that cryptolysis can completely cure 96% of patients with halitosis that is due to chronic fetid tonsillitis. Using local anesthesia, the physician uses a CO2 laser beam or radiofrequency device to eliminate the crypts of the tonsils which are the main cause of halitosis. Cryptolysis is also beneficial for patients who suffer from tonsil stones.

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