Bad Breath (Halitosis) Topic Guide
Bad Breath (Halitosis): Bad breath (halitosis) can be caused by a variety of things including diet, medication, poor oral hygiene, and diseases or conditions such as diabetes, GERD, lactose intolerance, gum disease, and more. Treatment for bad breath depends on the cause.
Thrush Oral thrush is an infection of the tongue, inner cheek, lip, or gums. Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of the yeast Candida albicans. Symptoms and signs include a thick white coating of the tongue, inner cheeks, lip, or gums. Oral thrush may be treated with nystatin, gentian violet, or fluconazole.