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Halitosis: Bad Breath Causes and How to Cure It

Halitosis is the dental/medical term for bad breath. It is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental aid, following tooth decay and periodontal disease.

The intensity of bad breath can differ during the day, eating certain foods (such as garlic, onions, and cheese), obesity, smoking, alcohol, and drug abuse. Since the mouth is exposed to less oxygen and is inactive during the night, the odor is usually worse upon awakening (“morning breath”). No kissing in the morning before brushing please!

Bad breath may be transient, often disappearing following eating, brushing, flossing, or rinsing with specialized mouthwash. Records mentioning bad breath have been discovered dating way back to 1550 B.C.! A mouthwash of wine and herbs was one remedy in efforts to solve halitosis during this time…not Mad Dog 20/20 and Marijuana!

The most common location for mouth-related halitosis is the tongue. Tongue bacteria produce malodorous compounds and fatty acids, and account for 80 to 90 percent of all cases of mouth-related bad breath. In addition, gum disease (periodontal disease) can also account for halitosis. Other sources can be from the nose, tonsils, esophagus, or stomach. There are even some sever conditions in which a patient needs to see a physician for digestive problems.

Halitosis usually can be managed by 5 ways:

  1. Gently brushing the surface of your tongue twice daily with a toothbrush, tongue cleaner or scraper with toothpaste or mouthwash on it.
  2. Eating a healthy breakfast.
  3. Chewing gum (sugarless preferred or with Xylotol)
  4. Gargling right before bedtime with an effective mouthwash like Listerine.
  5. Maintaining proper oral hygiene including routine visits to a dentist at least two times per year.

If you have a boss, co-worker, or friend who suffers from this curable disease anonymously share this information. You both will be glad you did! – dr.rico short

Dr. Rico Short


  1. Guest on September 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm


  2. Cecania Tallmadge on September 12, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    LOL When I was a kid, nobody in my class believed me when I told them that they had to use their toothbrush to clean up their tongue so that they won’t have bad breath and all. Glad my mom taught me the secret! Hahaha.

  3. J. Torras, MD on September 16, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I finally learned how to cure halitosis when I understood that bad breath could be caused by multiple underlying factors and that using mouthwashes, herbal remedies and chewing gums were only attempts to cover up the problem.

    Identification of the root conditions or infections that are causing the problem in the first place is a very important step. Treating these conditions adequately with the most effective remedies and treatments is also very important. 

    J. Torras, MD

  4. Jennymay on May 19, 2012 at 5:41 am

    hope this helps you. I had tonsil stones and awful bad breath. My friend told me to check Oraltech Labs advice as it got rid of his bad breath and his post nasal drip. I’ve been following Oraltech Labs advice for about 4 months now and I feel much better, also at work people are not avoiding me anymore so it seems to have cured my bad breath as well, so good luck.