What is Halitosis?

Halitosis, or bad breath, is defined as a set of unpleasant or offensive odors That emanate from the mouthHalitosis, or bad breath, is a condition that can be caused by many different conditions. It is important to prioritize the treatment or prevention of halitosis, since it can be a result of an underlying medical or, more specifically, dental condition. If you have halitosis, it can also make it difficult for you to interact sufficiently with people in a professional or personal environment. The good news is that you don’t have to live with halitosis. Let’s take a look at the different causes of halitosis and how you can go about to treat or prevent it altogether.


There a wide range of conditions and habits that can cause halitosis, the most prominent being poor dental hygiene. When you don’t maintain proper dental hygiene, food particles and dead cells stay in your mouth where it causes odors and bad smells.

Other halitosis causes include underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, sinus infections, kidney or liver failure, and throat infections. Infections cause bad smells in your mouth and the medication from some of these conditions can also cause dry mouth. When there is no saliva to remove odor-causing cells and bacteria, it can lead to halitosis.

One of the most common causes of halitosis has to do with lifestyle habits like smoking or excessive drinking. The intake of certain foods or liquids can also cause halitosis, for example, coffee, garlic, or onions.


Treatment of halitosis depends on the cause. There are many halitosis treatments and home remedies that you can use to get rid of your bad breath. The first is to start brushing your teeth and tongue at least twice per day. Brushing your teeth and regular flossing is key in treating halitosis, even if it is caused by something else. If your halitosis is caused by an underlying medical condition, treatment may involve dietary changes or an increase in your water intake.


Preventing halitosis comes down to daily and lifestyle habits. Maintaining proper dental hygiene should go hand in hand with other preventative measures like drinking enough water to boost saliva production and using sugar-free mouthwash and gum.

Halitosis symptoms caused by lifestyle habits can be eliminated by quitting smoking and excessive alcohol intake.  In addition to brushing and flossing, regular visits to your dentist is also an integral part of maintaining proper dental hygiene. A visit to your dentist can help to identify and avoid potential dental problems. It can also alert you to the existence of halitosis since this you may not always be aware that you have it.

How long halitosis last depends on the cause and treatment. When bad breath is caused by poor dental hygiene or periodontal disease, you can’t expect it to go away quickly. Don’t shrug the importance of dealing with this problem as it can evolve into something more serious with time. Bad breath is completely avoidable. Your best weapon is brushing twice a day, flossing your teeth, and scheduling regular visits to your dentist.

Dr. Jason Dittberner and his staff want each of our patients to feel comfortable with their dental care, from confidently choosing the right dental work to knowing you can trust our staff. That’s why we work hard to treat all our patients like family. To learn more about the care we provide, call our office today at 928-733-7900.

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