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What is halitosis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Bad breath: Halitosis is bad breath, and has many causes, such as poor dental hygiene, gum disease, smoking, sinus infections, tonsil infections, eating onions, eating fishy foods, drinking coffee, stomach reflux, etc...
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 43 years experience
Bad breath: Simply put, bad breath. Halitosis (bad breath) can be evident because of cavities, gum disease, bacterial accumulations on and between teeth and on the tongue, tonsil infection, sinus infection, post-nasal drip and even oral cancer, to name a few possibilities. Don't just try to mask it with mouthwash. Have a dentist thoroughly evaluate your mouth. This can be treated.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry 38 years experience
Bad breath: Halitosis or bad breath occurs when noticeably unpleasant odors are exhaled in breathing. Halitosis is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental care following tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Dr. Greg Rubin
Dentistry 37 years experience
Baaaaad breath......: Halitosis is defined as unpleasant and characteristic odor from the mouth when you exhale. Most of the time people that care about you, or family member will approach you and tell you about your "problem" .Many patients tel me that they were offered gum by their coworkers....It is caused by millions of odor producing bacteria in your mouth, that is almost impossible to remove by brushing-flossing.

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A 30-year-old female asked:

Can halitosis be hereditary?

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Dr. Ronald Smith
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not really : Halitosis most commonly a result 1) diet and certain foods 2) medication and illness but 3) the most common cause is bacteria build up on the back of the tongue. This is easily removed with a tongue scraper you can buy at any drug store.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What causes halitosis?

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Dr. Randolph Todd
Endodontics 44 years experience
Bacteria: Halitosis or "bad breath" is a condition that may be due to a variety of causes. Sometimes it is related to poor oral hygiene and an accumulation of bacteria around the teeth and on the tongue. These bacteria produce byproducts of metabolism that cause the odors. However halitosis may also be a result of a systemic disease. It is best to see your dentist to correctly determine the origin.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How is halitosis diagnosed?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
If one smells odor: Halitosis (bad breath) after certain foods or drinks occurs for several reasons. Chemicals from some foods/drinks diffuse into the flesh in the mouth and throat. These chemicals (odors) keep coming out into the breath for many hours. Some foods/drinks cause odors when in the stomach. Stomach odors will come up through burps, and even without noticeable burps. Some substances stick to the teeth.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of halitosis?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Bad breath: Halitosis is a term used to describe noticeably unpleasant odors exhaled in breathing. Halitosis is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental aid, following tooth decay and periodontal disease.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any tests for halitosis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, but not needed: Halitosis (bad breath) after certain foods or drinks occurs for several reasons. Chemicals from some foods/drinks diffuse into the flesh in the mouth and throat. These chemicals (odors) keep coming out into the breath for many hours. Some foods/drinks cause odors when in the stomach. Some substances stick to the teeth. Special tests for "gases" are not needed, as the odor is usually obvious.

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