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As Houston dentists, we’ve seen and heard it all, but our patients are still sometimes embarrassed to bring up a mouth issue that can be truly bothersome yet is quite common: bad breath or chronic tongue odor.

Having bad breath and not knowing what to do about it can be very embarrassing, but knowing what causes the problem (tongue odor) is the first step toward tackling it.

Tongue odor caused by bad breath, or halitosis, is more than just bad breath after eating onions or garlic – this is a lasting tongue odor that can’t be remedied by simply popping a mint, or chewing a piece of gum.

What causes bad breath?

Bad breath, or halitosis, is most often caused by bacteria in the mouth. Therefore, bad breath can be indicative of poor oral hygiene.

  • When we brush our teeth, and especially when we floss, we remove food trapped between our teeth and bacteria on the surface of our teeth. Food left in your mouth will rot, causing bad breath.
  • Bacteria in our mouth causes gum disease, so if you’re suffering from chronic halitosis, there’s a good chance you have some form of gum disease. If we can detect gum disease in your mouth, we can start treatment, which will improve your breath.
  • Halitosis can also be caused by certain lifestyle situations (stress or snoring, for example). Certain health problems or treatments can also contribute to bad breath.

Bad breath treatment options

There are several easy things you can do to improve your breath.

  • Brush and floss regularly to remove bacteria and rotting food particles.
  • Use a tongue scraper to get rid of foul tongue odor.
  • Have our Houston dentists check your mouth for gum disease, and if you do have it, begin periodontal treatment.
  • Purchase a breath kit (a special toothpaste, rinse, and tongue scraper designed specifically to cure bad breath).
  • If none of the above at-home remedies work, please don’t be afraid to come see us.

You don’t have to live with the embarrassment of halitosis. If you have a high level of good hygiene, but still aren’t seeing results, Dr. Kathy Frazar and Dr. Tom Hedge can help. Call us today to set up your complimentary bad breath treatment consultation.