What is Halitosis?
Everyone occasionally experiences halitosis (bad breath). For example, morning breath is a common condition caused by the reduced saliva flow at night (saliva helps wash away food and bacteria in the mouth, keeping the breath fresh). In most cases, bad breath is temporary and not considered abnormal. However, persistent bad breath can signal dental or other health problems and should be addressed.[/tab] People are almost never able to detect when their breath is unpleasant because the nose becomes adapted to one’s own smell. Our dentists can help you assess whether you have a problem with bad breath. Dentists receive extensive training in dental school on identifying and treating the many different causes of halitosis.