What can my dentist do to cure bad breath?
Bad breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, is a symptom of an underlying condition.  Your dentist can help to diagnose some of these oral conditions that cause bad breath:

  • Food stuck between teeth
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Deep cavities
  • Bacteria on the tongue or below the gumline
  • Abcesses (infections)
  • Oral lesions caused by viruses

Other, less common causes of bad breath can potentially be rectified by a change in habits or with the assistance of your family doctor:

  • Tonsilitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) resulting in regurgitation
  • Stress/anxiety
  • Smoking or alcohol
  • Medications
What are some of the things I can try at home to cure bad breath?

Chronic halitosis is not well understood, so effective self-treatments are not always easy to find.  Here are a few of the more commonly suggested strategies:

  • Gently cleaning the tongue surface twice daily
  • Eating a healthy breakfast
  • Chewing sugarless gum
  • Gargling with an effective mouthwash
  • Maintaining proper oral hygiene

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