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How is bad breath treated? What can be done to prevent bad breath?
Treatment of bad breath depends on the cause.
Brush and floss teeth regularly. Remember to brush the tongue, too. This can help with bad breath caused by foods a person has eaten.
See a dentist regularly to ensure dentures or braces are properly fitted and cleaned.
Quit smoking or using chewing tobacco.
Keep the mouth moist by drinking water and chewing sugarless gum or sugar-free hard candy to stimulate the production of saliva. Mouthwash may temporarily mask bad breath odors, but it may not treat the underlying cause.
Natural remedies to treat bad breath include chewing on mint or parsley.
If bad breath is due to a health problem such as a sinus infection, diabetes, acid reflux, etc., then the underlying medical issue needs to be treated.
If bad breath is a side effect of taking a medication, discuss with a doctor whether there are other options for medication that can be taken. Never stop taking a medication without first consulting your doctor.
For patients who suffer from dry mouth (xerostomia), artificial saliva may be prescribed by a dentist.