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Bad Breath

Bad breath that can't be fixed by brushing, mouthwash, or mints.

Reviewed by Edward Kwon, DDS | Updated January 22nd, 2023

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Sometimes called halitosis, chronic bad breath could be more than an inconvenience.

Potential causes of bad breath

  • Poor dental hygiene 
  • Smoking
  • Dry mouth
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Strong food and drink (eg. garlic, coffee, onions)

Some ways to combat bad breath

  • Brush, floss, and rinse thoroughly 
  • Stay hydrated
  • Chew gum
  • Quit smoking
  • Replace your toothbrush

If your bad breath remains after brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth thoroughly, you should make an appointment with a dentist for a professional cleaning.

Other potential health issues related to bad breath

It is possible that your bad breath could be linked to other health issues, such as:

  • Sinus infection
  • Bronchitis
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder)
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes

These issues will not be treatable by your dentist, so if they believe there is another cause of your bad breath, they will refer you to a GP doctor for further investigation.

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