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Bad Breath

Bad Breath Symptoms and Causes

Bad breath, also called halitosis, is an oral condition characterized by consistently odorous breath. Often identifying the cause of bad breath is the first step toward treating this preventable condition. Specific treatment for bad breath is determined by a physician or dentist based on:

  • Health of the mouth
  • Cause or origin of the condition
  • Extent of the condition
  • Tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies
  • Opinion or preference

Bad Breath Symptoms:

Symptoms commonly experienced by individuals with bad breath include:

  • Bitter, sour or metallic taste in the mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • A yellow or white film on the tongue
  • White nodules on the tonsils
  • Post nasal drainage
  • No difference after brushing and flossing
  • Decreased self-confidence

Bad Breath Causes:

There are just as many causes of bad breath as there are sources of bacteria in the mouth. Halitosis may be caused by the following:

  • Certain foods
  • Poor oral healthcare
  • Improper cleaning of dentures
  • Periodontal disease
  • Xerostomia (dry mouth)
  • Tobacco products
  • A medical condition