Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is something that most people will experience at some stage in their lives, and one of the most common reasons people seek out a dentist. People experiencing bad breath will often feel embarrassed and try to hide it by sucking on mints or chewing gum constantly, but that doesn’t really solve the problem. Luckily, treatment is usually simple and effective.
While bad breath is the most common symptom, it often goes hand in hand with other symptom such as a white/brown coating on the tongue, dry mouth, pain or burning in the tongue, a sour, bitter or metallic taste, thick saliva, or a bad taste, which can be uncomfortable on top of the bad smell. Bad breath is primarily related to an abundance of sulphur-producing bacteria found on the tongue and throat which create an unpleasant smell.