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What is halitosis? What causes halitosis? When should I see my dentist? How is halitosis diagnosed? How can I treat halitosis? Can I prevent halitosis? Complications of halitosis Resources and support Related information on Australian websites

Key points

Halitosis is the medical name for bad breath. Bad breath is normal when you wake up, và generally disappears after you clean your teeth. If bad breath continues throughout the day, it may be a sign of a dental or other health condition. If bad breath is a problem, see your dentist who can check your mouth for common causes of halitosis, advise you about oral hygiene, & if necessary, refer you to your doctor.

What is halitosis?

Halitosis is the medical name for bad breath. It’s normal lớn have bad breath when you first wake up. It usually goes away after you have something to lớn drink & clean your teeth. Bad breath that doesn’t go away can be the sign of another condition.

What causes halitosis?

Bacteria in your body toàn thân create substances with an unpleasant smell, leading to lớn halitosis. Having an infection in your mouth, gum disease or tooth decay increase the amount of bacteria present & are common causes of halitosis.

Having a dry mouth means that the bacteria are washed away less often, & the unpleasant smelling substances that they create build up in your mouth. This is why some people have bad breath when they wake up in the morning, as their mouth produces less saliva overnight, & allowing bacteria to lớn grow và the smell lớn worsen. A dry mouth can be caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, certain medications, as well as being a natural part of aging.

Poor dental hygiene can also cause halitosis as food is left in the mouth is turned into foul smelling substances by bacteria. If you wear dentures, bacteria on your dentures can also cause halitosis if you don’t clean them regularly.

Although it is less common, halitosis can sometimes be caused by medical conditions outside of your mouth. Sinus infections, throat infections & lung diseases can all cause halitosis.

Other factors causing bad breath include eating strong-flavoured foods, such as garlic và onion, drinking alcohol, và smoking.

CHECK YOUR SYMPTOMS — Use the Symptom Checker và find out if you need to lớn seek medical help.

When should I see my dentist?

See your dentist if you are experiencing halitosis that doesn’t go away after a few hours. Your dentist will kiểm tra your mouth for common causes of halitosis, such as infections & gum disease. They will also be able to advise you about oral hygiene, including proper care of your dentures if you use them. If your dentist thinks that your halitosis is caused by a medical condition not in your mouth, they may recommend that you speak to your doctor.

How is halitosis diagnosed?

Halitosis can be diagnosed by your dentist smelling an unpleasant smell in your mouth, breath or saliva.

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Your dentist or doctor may also ask you about any symptoms you have, such as a dry mouth, pain in your mouth or a runny nose. This will help them to identify the cause of your halitosis so that they can treat it.

How can I treat halitosis?

You can treat halitosis in different ways depending on what is causing it. If bacteria in your mouth are the cause, your dentist will examine your mouth for pockets of trapped food or infections. They may recommend dental treatments or treating any dental infections. They may also recommend professional cleaning of your teeth.

Your dentist can also give you advice about good oral hygiene, which can help prevent halitosis in the future. Brushing your teeth thoroughly & regularly can stop build-up of food and bacteria. Cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper or the tongue cleaner on the back of your toothbrush does not treat halitosis, but may give you relief for around 30 minutes. Mouthwashes containing peppermint, zinc or chlorhexidine (an antiseptic) can also be useful in keeping your mouth không lấy phí from bacteria & reducing halitosis.

If you have a dry mouth, drinking more water or using a saliva substitute can be helpful. Some medicines can cause you lớn have a dry mouth — speak lớn your doctor or pharmacist if you are concerned.

If your halitosis is caused by a medical condition not in your mouth, your doctor may recommend other treatments depending on the specific cause.

Can I prevent halitosis?

You can’t always avoid halitosis, but maintaining good oral hygiene can help khổng lồ prevent it. It’s important lớn clean your teeth thoroughly, floss, drink plenty of water, và have regular visits lớn your dentist. If you wear dentures, you should make sure that they fit you well, you clean them regularly, and that you take them out before you go lớn sleep.

Complications of halitosis

Halitosis can affect the way you feel about your personal appearance or make you feel worried that other people find your breath unpleasant. This can occasionally lead to anxiety when you’re around other people, or an exaggerated focus on your breath. If you feel that halitosis is having an impact on your mental health or social wellbeing, speak lớn your doctor about your symptoms and feelings. They may recommend consulting with a mental health specialist such as a psychologist about your halitosis.

Resources & support

Get advice on mouth care.Find out more about looking after your teeth on the Australian Dental Association’s website.


Sources : International Journal of Oral Science (Halitosis: the multidisciplinary approach) , Australian Dental Journal (Halitosis: prevalence, risk factors, sources, measurement and treatment–a reviews of the literature) , Queensland Health (Bad Breath)

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Last reviewed: May 2022


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