What is Halitosis?

Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is an oral health condition that is resistant to common bad breath remedies. Unlike morning breath or a strong smell that lingers after garlic or a tuna sandwich, halitosis remains for an extended amount of time and may be a sign of a more serious underlying health condition.


There can be several causes of halitosis. Your dentist and doctor will work together to confirm a diagnosis. Halitosis may be caused by the following:


Your dentist may smell your breath during a routine exam, or you can bring up your concerns during an appointment. Your dentist will then ask questions about your oral health habits, the types of food you eat, or any medical conditions you may have. If you snore or take medication, be sure to tell your dentist as well as this can help in providing a proper diagnosis.

If your dentist is unable to determine the cause or if your bad breath is not caused by any oral health conditions, your dentist will refer you to your doctor for a more thorough examination to determine the cause of the odor.


Your treatment will vary depending on the cause of your bad breath. For example, if your halitosis is caused by plaque buildup or periodontal disease, your dentist may begin treating you with a deep cleaning. Your dentist may also recommend a change in your oral health habits to ensure your bad breath does not return.

If your halitosis is caused by an underlying health condition, treatment for the condition may be able to improve your bad breath. Staying hydrated or using an artificial saliva product can also help if dry mouth is the cause of your bad breath.


You can lower your risk for developing halitosis by implementing the following into your routine:

As always, we also recommend attending routine dental exams every six months or at the discretion of your dentist. These exams enable us to catch problems early on before they become a more serious problem. For more information on halitosis or to schedule an appointment, please contact Open Sesame Dentistry today.

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