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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.


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

Last Editorial Review: 7/24/2015

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