Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Tuesday, 08 Jun 2010 05:44 PM

Question: Can you please address the issue of what causes bad breath and its cures and treatments?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
Halitosis (bad breath) has multiple causes. Local poor oral hygiene, periodontal (gum) and dental disease, foods, toxins, alcohol, cigarettes, medications, infections of oral cavity, sinus and airways, acid reflux, uncontrolled diabetic and other hormonal disorders, starvation and malignancy will all cause halitosis.
Skipped meals and poor oral hygiene, especially gingivitis, are the most common reasons for halitosis.

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