is estimated that more than 30 million Americans suffer
from chronic bad breath. Oral halitosis or bad breath is
caused by bacteria that live and thrive in the warm, moist
confines of the mouth, tongue, throat, and related structures.
95% of bad breath problems are typically the result of odor-producing
molecules that result from bacterial byproducts.
oral hygiene, leaking or broken fillings, gum
disease, and the effects of smoking are a few
of the more common causes of mouth odor. A comprehensive
dental examination can identify if any of the
above factors are responsible for chronic halitosis.
approximately 5% of cases, certain medical conditions
such as lung or sinus infections, diabetes, digestive
problems, and many prescription medicines can
lead to chronic bad breath. When clinical examination
and medical history rule these conditions out,
the origins of bad breath can typically be traced
back to oral bacteria.
For most people, the following will eliminate bad
* Schedule regular visits to your dentist and dental
hygienist for checkups and cleanings.
* Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
* Brush your tongue to remove odor causing bacteria.
* Floss once a day. Using an oral irrigator can help
remove particles of food.
* If you wear dentures, take them out at night and
clean them thoroughly before placing them back into
* Mouthwashes and breath freshness are generally cosmetic
and do not have a long lasting effect on bad breath.
* Fluoride mouth rinse can prevent tooth decay.
* Look for products that carry the American Dental
Association Seal of Acceptance.