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Halitosis Overview

What is halitosis?
A person with halitosis has an unpleasant breath odor. Halitosis is very common and has many causes. Common causes for halitosis include acid reflux disease, dental caries, gingivitis, bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, and smoking.

What are the symptoms of halitosis?
Symptoms of halitosis depend on the underlying cause. Symptoms that may be associated with bad breath include mouth pain, tongue pain, gum pain, sore throat, red throat, pus on the tonsils, dental pain, and swollen glands in the neck.

How does the doctor treat halitosis?
The treatment for halitosis depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for halitosis includes drink plenty of water, good oral hygiene, regular dental cleanings, vitamin supplements, brushing the tongue twice a day, saltwater gargles, and mouthwash. Some may benefit from antibiotics.

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Last Updated: Nov 19, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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