Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is a condition where bad breath persists for an extended period of time even after brushing and flossing. It can be caused by improper oral hygiene, eating certain foods, using tobacco products, periodontal disease, odour-causing bacteria on the tongue and dry mouth. To treat halitosis, it is important to start by observing proper oral hygiene at home; brushing teeth at least twice a day, cleaning or scraping your tongue, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash. You can also try avoiding foods that are known to cause bad breath and remember to stay hydrated at all times. If you use tobacco products and are concerned about halitosis, please speak with your physician about ways to reduce or eliminate your tobacco intake. If these lifestyle changes prove to be ineffective, it is important to consult your dentist, as halitosis can also be an indicator of underlying dental problems such as gum disease or tooth decay. If you are concerned about halitosis, contact the Forest Lane Dental team to book a dental exam today.