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Bad Breath


What is halitosis”

Halitosis is more commonly called bad breath – an unpleasant odour when breath is exhaled. It is a major reason why people seek dental care. In most genuine cases, the causes are bacteria below the gumline and on the back of the tongue. With improvements in oral hygiene, symptoms can be reduced significantly.

Do I have halitosis?

it’s difficult to assess how your own breath smells, try to smell your breath by placing your hand over your nose and mouth and breath, ask a relative, and consider seeing a dental professional to confirm if bad breath is an issue for you and to ask how to treat it.

Signs & Symptoms

The symptoms of halitosis vary among individuals, and the extent of the condition ranges from mild to severe. Interestingly, many people with bad breath are completely unaware of their problem.

Diagnosis and Treatment

To evaluate halitosis, a clinician will subjectively judge a patient’s breath odor. This assessment, called an organoleptic measurement, involves sniffing the patient’s breath as it is exhaled and subjectively rating the severity of the odor.


In general, the best way to prevent bad breath is to brush and floss every day. But there are also other techniques to freshen your breath, which your dentist or doctor can discuss with you.