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Bad Breath (Halitosis) (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Most causes of bad breath are due to inadequate oral hygiene and are rarely life-threatening. If good oral hygiene practices do not eliminate the bad breath, see a dental professional. In most cases, a dentist can treat the cause of bad breath.

An individual should consult their physician if they have:

  • persistent dry mouth,

  • sores in the mouth,

  • pain with chewing or swallowing,

  • white spots on the tonsils,

  • fever,

  • just started a new medication,

  • had recent dental surgery, or

  • any other symptoms that are of concern.

Bad breath in babies or young children may be a sign of infection or undiagnosed medical problems. Consult the child's doctor or dentist if an infant or young child has bad breath.

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