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Halitosis is an oral health condition characterized by consistently odorous breath. Often identifying the cause of bad breath is the first step toward treating this preventable condition.
There are just as many causes of bad breath as there are sources of bacteria in the mouth. Halitosis may be caused by the following:
Specific treatment for halitosis will be determined by your physician or dentist based on:
Treatment primarily depends on the cause of the condition, including:
Possible Treatment Protocol
|poor oral health care||If the bad breath is of oral origin (improper oral healthcare), in most cases, your dentist will treat the cause of the problem.|
|gum disease||If the cause of the halitosis is caused by an underlying gum disease, the condition may be treated by your dentist, or you may be referred to a oral specialist - in most cases, a periodontist. A periodontal cleaning often helps to remove the bacteria and plague that has accumulated and is wearing down the gumline.|
|extensive plaque build-up||Your dentist or periodontist may recommend an antimicrobial mouthrinse (a therapeutic mouthrinse). Also, you may be instructed to brush your tongue gently each time you brush your teeth, to remove excess plaque and bacteria.|