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Bad Breath (Halitosis)

What products can I use to eliminate bad breath?

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  • ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentistry, answered on behalf of Colgate
    Many types of products are available to temporarily reduce bad breath (halitosis). These products include mouthwashes that you gargle for 30 seconds, gum that you can chew to cover up the unpleasant smell, and dissolving breath strips that leave a minty taste in the mouth. A simple home remedy for bad breath is to chew a sprig of fresh parsley or to suck on strong (sugar-free) mint candies.

    While all these products may work to make your breath smell better for a while, remember that mouthwashes and parsley do not treat the underlying reason for the bad breath. While the usual reason is poor oral hygiene (not flossing or brushing enough), in some cases, bad breath is an indicator of a more serious medical problem.

    If you are worried about your bad breath, talk to your dentist or doctor. He or she may run some tests to see why you are having bad breath, and will advise you on the best way to address the underlying medical or dental problem.
  • AJoan Haizlip, MSN, Cardiology, answered
    Many products claim to kill bad breath, but most of the time, they just cover up the bad breath.  So the bad breath is gone for just a short period of time.  Ask your dentist for a product that will kill bacteria, which may be the reason for the bad breath.

    It's important to find out why you have the bad breath and then eliminate the cause.  If the bad breath is from a medical condition, you will need to be seen by your healthcare provider.
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