Hi, I'm Dr. Cindy Roark, chief clinical director with Coast Dental. Today, I'm going to talk about how to cure bad breath or halitosis. Bad breath can have many causes, and some of them are serious. It may be a result of anything from smoking to sinus infection, to periodontal disease. Brushing, flossing, rinsing with a mouth wash and scraping the tongue regularly, can go a long way towards keeping most people's breath fresh. If the cause of the odor is that oral bacteria. Everyone knows about brushing, flossing and rinsing. A Sonic brush does the best job. But what you may not know, is that scraping the tongue also helps keep the breath fresh. The papillae on the tongue harbor bacteria, which thrive on food particles. So, using mints, sprays, mouth wash and gum, only temporarily mask the odors. To actually get rid of bacteria, you're going to need to scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper. You can get these from your dentist or drug store. Now, once you've scraped, rinse your mouth for a full minute with anti bacterial wash, that doesn't contain alcohol. Because we don't want to dry your mouth out. You'll have a fresh, clean mouth and your breath will smell great. Certain medications may be the cause of bad breath. If you're taking medication, check with your pharmacist to see if bad breath is one of the main side effects. If so, you want to rinse your mouth several times a day with a non alcohol mouth wash, or chew sugar-free gum. If medication's not in play, and you've not eaten foods with strong odors, it's time to visit the dentist. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums, take x-rays to look for bone loss, and measure the pocketing around your teeth. The finding will determine if you have a periodontal disease, which is a serious bacterial infection that often leaves patients with a distinct oral odor. Though not curable, many dentists have the tools necessary to manage and control it non-surgically. Once periodontal disease is under control, the bad odor often subsides. If your dentist rules out periodontal disease as the cause of your bad breath. See your medical doctor, sinus, tonsil, or stomach issues may be the cause of your halitosis. Thanks for watching, I'm Dr. Cindy Roark with Coast Dental.