Halitosis (Bad Breath)


bad breathHalitosis has many different causes.  The most common is bacteria that create waste products known as Volatile Sulphur Compounds (VSCs) on the surface of the tongue, throat, teeth and periodontal pockets in the gums. A white coating on your tongue can be evidence of this bacteria build-up.

Thousands of medications cause a decrease in saliva which causes these bacteria to thrive in the mouth. Other causes of dry mouth are mouth breathing, exercise, dieting, alcohol or alcohol- based rinses and smoking.

Sometimes halitosis is caused by medical conditions such as acid reflux, and may require a medical examination.  Bad breath can also be a sign of dental decay or periodontal disease, so regular exams and cleanings are important.

Treatment includes brushing for two minutes twice daily and flossing each day.  Removing bacteria from your tongue with a tongue cleaner twice daily is also recommended.  Products such as BreathRX that reduce VCS buildup can significantly help and are available as a rinse, toothpaste, gum, or spray.  These products are available in our office.