Bad Breath Treatment

Bad breath, also known as halitosis in medical terms, can be socially uncomfortable and potentially serious health issues. It is estimated that up to 25% of people have chronic bad breath. While bad breath is acceptable on occasion, persistent halitosis may indicate an underlying health condition that requires treatment. 


The most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. When food particles and bacteria build up in the mouth, they can create a foul odor. Regular brushing and flossing, along with visits to the dentist for cleanings and check-ups, can help keep bad breath at bay. Certain foods, such as onions and garlic, are well-recognized to have a visible effect on our breath. This is due to the fact that these foods are absorbed into our bloodstream and subsequently travel to our lungs, resulting in the emission of unpleasant odors. However, the symptoms of food-related foul breath are only transient and should go away in a few hours. However, foul breath caused by tobacco use, smoking, periodontal (gum) disease, insufficient denture cleaning, or medical conditions such as sinus infections, respiratory tract infections, and diabetes necessitates immediate medical intervention. Failure to manage foul breath caused by these factors might lead to further oral health problems. The harmful effects of poor breath can spread beyond the mouth, potentially affecting the bloodstream, lungs, and stomach.


At House of Dontics, we offer treatment for halitosis (bad breath) by providing a professional cleaning and oral cleanse that can reach areas that may not be accessible with regular brushing and flossing. We use the latest methods and products, such as the Breath Rx Treatment, to effectively treat our patients. If gum disease is determined to be the underlying cause of the halitosis, we may recommend a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. This treatment removes plaque and tartar buildup from below the gum line and smooths out any rough spots on the tooth roots to prevent bacteria from accumulating. Additionally, if the source of the bad breath is found to be the tongue, we can perform tongue scraping to help alleviate the problem.


We realize how uncomfortable and frustrating bad breath can be, which is why we are dedicated to providing our patients with personalized and effective halitosis therapies. If you are experiencing foul breath, please contact the House of Dontics to book an appointment to discuss your treatment options.

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White coating on the tongue

A white coating on the tongue, especially at the back of the tongue, can be a sign of poor oral hygiene, oral thrush, or a yeast infection. It can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition.


Dry mouth

Dry mouth occurs when there is a decrease in saliva production. It can be caused by medication, dehydration, and certain medical conditions. A dry mouth can contribute to bad breath and a metallic taste.


Build up around teeth

A buildup of plaque around teeth can lead to gum disease, bad breath, and tooth decay. It is important to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly, to prevent plaque buildup.


Post-nasal drip or mucous

Post-nasal drip occurs when excess mucus drips down the back of the throat. It can be caused by allergies, colds, and sinus infections. Post-nasal drip can contribute to bad breath and a constant need to clear the throat.

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Morning bad breath and burning tongue

Morning bad breath can be caused by dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, or a medical condition. A burning tongue can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as oral thrush, acid reflux, or a vitamin deficiency.



This is a device that measures the level of sulfur compounds in your breath, which can contribute to bad breath. It helps dentists to determine the underlying cause of bad breath and recommend appropriate treatment.


Laser treatment

Some dentists use lasers to remove bacteria and infected tissue from the gums, which can cause bad breath. This treatment is quick and painless, and can effectively reduce bad breath.


Air abrasion

This is a gentle, non-invasive technique that uses a stream of air and particles to remove plaque and bacteria from the teeth and gums. It can help to eliminate the bacteria that cause bad breath.

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  • Proper oral hygiene is the cornerstone of tackling bad breath. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash. Don’t forget to brush or scrape your tongue too as it can house bacteria that produce bad odors.
  • Certain foods such as onions, garlic, and spicy foods can cause bad breath. Drinks like coffee and alcohol can also contribute. Limiting these in your diet and drinking plenty of water to keep your mouth hydrated can help reduce bad breath.
  • Regular visits to the dentist for a check-up and cleaning can help detect any oral health issues that might be contributing to bad breath. Issues such as gum disease, cavities, and oral infections can all cause bad breath.
  • If you’re a smoker, quitting can greatly improve your oral health and eliminate one common cause of bad breath.
  • Conditions such as diabetes, acid reflux, and certain liver or kidney diseases can cause bad breath. If you have a chronic illness, ensuring it is well-managed can help improve bad breath.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque.
  • Floss at least once a day to remove food particles and bacteria from between your teeth.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist and prevent dry mouth, which can contribute to bad breath.
  • Avoid smoking or using tobacco products, which can dry out your mouth and contribute to bad breath.
  • Avoid foods that can cause bad breath, such as garlic, onions, and spicy foods.
  • Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production and freshen your breath.
  • Visit dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Understanding Root Causes of Dental Issues

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Poor oral hygiene

If you don't brush and floss your teeth regularly, food particles can remain in your mouth and produce bacteria that cause bad breath.

Gum disease

Dry mouth

Saliva helps to cleanse the mouth and neutralize the acids produced by bacteria. If you have a dry mouth, such as due to medications, you may have less saliva production and experience bad breath.

Congenital absence

Certain foods and drinks

Foods like garlic, onions, and coffee can produce a strong odor in the mouth that lingers even after brushing.


Smoking and tobacco use

Smoking and other tobacco products can cause a foul smell in the mouth and contribute to gum disease, which can also cause bad breath.

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Health conditions

Some medical conditions, such as sinus infections, respiratory tract infections, and gastrointestinal problems, can cause bad breath.



Certain medications, such as those used to treat high blood pressure or depression, can cause dry mouth and bad breath as a side effect.

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Gum disease

When bacteria build up in the gums, they can produce a bad odor and contribute to gum disease, which can also cause bad breath.


Oral diseases

Oral tumors, oral cancer, Mouth ulcers

Our Treatment Process

Oral Examination

The dentist will examine the patient’s mouth, teeth, and gums to look for any signs of infection, decay, or gum disease. They will also assess the condition of the tongue and throat to find out the root cause of bad breath


The dentist will perform a professional cleaning to remove any buildup of plaque or tartar on the teeth and gums. This can help eliminate the bacteria that cause bad breath.

Underlying Conditions

If the dentist identifies any underlying oral health conditions, such as gum disease or tooth decay, they will provide treatment to address these issues. This may include filling cavities, treating gum disease, or extracting teeth if necessary.

Oral Hygiene Education

The dentist will provide education on proper oral hygiene techniques, such as brushing and flossing, and recommend products that can help reduce bad breath, such as mouthwashes or tongue scrapers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bad breath can be caused by poor oral hygiene, gum disease, dry mouth, certain foods and drinks, smoking, and medical conditions.

Yes, bad breath can be a symptom of various health problems such as gum disease, sinusitis, respiratory infections, and gastrointestinal issues.

You can treat bad breath at home by brushing and flossing regularly, using mouthwash, scraping your tongue, and staying hydrated. But it is in normal bad breath but in gum disease and other medical conditions treated at the clinic.

Yes, bad breath can be a sign of serious medical conditions such as liver or kidney disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections.

Yes, a dentist can help diagnose and treat the underlying causes of bad breath.

The length of time it takes to treat bad breath depends on the underlying cause, but with proper treatment, most cases of bad breath can be resolved within a few weeks.

Yes, foods such as garlic, onions, and certain spices can cause bad breath.

You can tell if you have bad breath by asking someone you trust, checking for a white coating on your tongue, or smelling your dental floss after using it.

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