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Bad Breath (Halitosis) (cont.)

Bad Breath Treatment

  • Specific medical treatment to cure bad breath depends upon the cause.
  • In patients who suffer from dry mouth (xerostomia), artificial saliva may be prescribed by a dentist.
  • Dentists can also prescribe special toothpaste and mouthwash that can improve the symptoms of bad breath.

Follow-Up for Bad Breath

  • Follow all instructions provided by the dental or medical professional, and use any prescribed mouthwash or toothpaste as directed.
  • If the patient's dentist determines that the bad breath odor is not of oral origin, the patient may be referred to a physician.
  • If the odor is due to gum disease, the dentist may refer the patient to a periodontist, who specializes in treating gum conditions.

Bad Breath Prevention

Good oral care, regular dental visits, stopping tobacco use/smoking, and avoiding certain foods can prevent most cases of bad breath.

Prognosis of Bad Breath

The prognosis for bad breath is generally good as bad breath is usually more of a nuisance rather than a serious medical condition. Most individuals with bad breath can treat and eliminate the condition on their own. Additionally, dentists and physicians can help with cases of chronic bad breath.

REFERENCE:

The American Dental Association, "Bad Breath (Halitosis)."


Last Editorial Review: 7/24/2015

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