Answer: Bad breath, or halitosis, is an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. You may not realize you have it, but others will. Halitosis can be a major deal-breaker in all aspects of life: business, relationships, pleasure.
For healthy people, the major reason for bad breath is microbes on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue. Studies show that simply brushing the tongue reduces bad breath by up to 70 percent. “Morning breath,” the common name for bad breath when you wake up, is normal and affects almost everyone. Caused by increased oral bacterial growth while you sleep, it’s cured by brushing your teeth with toothpaste first thing after arising.
Review your current eating habits, medications, recent surgeries, or illnesses with your dentist to find a cause of bad breath not related to your oral hygiene. In most cases, your dentist can treat halitosis. If your mouth is healthy, but bad breath remains a problem, your dentist may refer you to your physician to determine the cause of the odor and an appropriate treatment plan.