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Bad Breath

Bad breath (halitosis) is unpleasant and embarrassing. Not everyone is aware of their problem.

Bad breath can be caused by:

  • Poor oral hygiene

  • Periodontal disease

  • Tooth decay

  • Dry mouth (Decreased saliva, Xerostomia) due to medications, salivary gland problems or open-mouth breathing. Treatment can be increased water intake, artificial saliva or sugarless candy.

  • Tobacco, which also causes stained teeth and increased risk of periodontal disease

  • Odor-causing foods. Garlic and onion odor-causing compounds enter the bloodstream, are transferred to the lungs where they are exhaled and give bad breath.

  • People on a diet resulting in an empty stomach with break down their fat and protein reserve for energy, leading to bad breath.

  • Underlying medical conditions such as local respiratory infection (nose, throat, lungs), chronic sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal-, liver- or kidney problems.  

There is no need to suffer with chronic bad breath.
Let Dr. Hoffmeyer help you find the cause of your halitosis.

If it is due to periodontal disease she will develop an effective home oral care plan for you including:

  • Brush your teeth properly (2-3 minutes 2-3 times a day)

  • Floss daily.

  • Clean your tongue (5 seconds 1-2 times a day) to remove bacteria. Clean you tongue from the back towards the tip. Use a “tongue scraper” or a toothbrush specially designed with a tongue cleaner on the back.

  • Use anti-microbial mouthwash designed for halitosis

  • It may be recommended to use fluoride gel if you have dry mouth and prone to dental caries.

  • Schedule regular dental visits for professional cleaning and checkup.

  • Avoid constant use of breath mints containing sugar as they have temporary effect and may cause decay.

Dr. Hoffmeyer has no financial interest or special knowledge about the following products, but the companies claim to have scientific evidence of aiding in treating bad breath:

Halita &
Zendium (enzymes)

Please see Oral Home Care page



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