How do medications treat bad breath (halitosis)?

Joan Haizlip, MSN
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If your bad breath is from an abscessed tooth or from an infection in your mouth, an antibiotic can help kill the bacteria and get you back on your way to good health. Sometimes, bad breath (halitosis) is caused by a sinus infection. Your healthcare provider will prescribe an antibiotic to help clear up the infection. Once the infection is gone, the bad breath should go away, as long as you are practicing good oral hygiene.  
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Many over-the-counter preparations, such as anti-bacterial toothpastes and mouthrinses, are successful in treating bad breath (halitosis) by reducing the bacteria in your mouth that causes the odor. Antibiotics can be prescribed in cases where bad breath (halitosis) is caused by an infection, such as sinusitis. Medications for acid reflux can also help prevent this condition.

Antibiotics can be prescribed in cases where bad breath (halitosis) is caused by an infection, such as sinusitis. Medications for acid reflux can help prevent this condition. Many over-the-counter preparations are successful in treating bad breath (halitosis) by destroying the bacteria in your mouth that causes the odor.

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