Embarrassing bad breath can be treated

A reader wants to know about halitosis (bad breath).

Halitosis is a dental problem, which may stem from bacteria in the mouth. As most bad breath in adults is related to oral causes, it must be diagnosed and treated by a dentist.

The problem is treatable, once a correct diagnosis is made.

If the back of the tongue is the problem, a dentist will recommend a method of cleaning the area, either with a toothbrush or a specially-designed tongue scraper. Dental treatment may be recommended if there are cavities in which bacteria and food become trapped and emit odour. The most effective way to manage bad breath is by maintaining proper oral hygiene, regular clean-ups and diligent brushing of the tongue. health24.com; wikipedia.org; healthscout.com