Bad Breath

Bad breath is also called halitosis and is mostly caused by sulphur producing bacteria in the tongue and throat.

Bad breath is not infectious and affects about 2.5% of the population. Some people worry far too much about their breath even when they have little or no mouth odour. Others may not even know they have bad breath.


  • Dry mouth
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Build up around the teeth
  • Morning breath
  • Thick saliva and constant need to clear the throat
  • Sour or a bitter metallic taste

Causes of bad breath

Bad breath or halitosis is mostly caused by sulphur producing bacteria in the tongue and throat. Other causes may be:

  • Smoking
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Dry mouth
  • Tonsil stones or tonsilliths
  • Some foods
  • Gum disease

Treatment of bad breath

The treatment will depend on what is the cause of the bad breath. Good oral hygiene is always  recommended and includes brushing and flossing your teeth correctly. The use of mouthwash and certain toothpastes may be helpful. Tongue cleaning is also recommended. The back portion is the hardest and most important area to be cleaned.  Chronic sinusitis suffers may find a saline nasal spray helpful.

You will need to see Dr Katzen to help identify the cause of your bad breath and then find the most effective treatment for you.

Having bad breath can have major impact on your life. There can be a loss of self-esteem and confidence when people turn away their heads or back away when near you. Don’t endure this, call today for an appointment with Dr Katzen to sort this out.