Has somebody recently told you that you have bad breath? If they have, you should not feel embarrassed about it but rather, you should thank them that they were kind enough to you to let you know. After all, knowing that we have bad breath is the first step and curing it once and for all. Unfortunately, not all halitosis is caused by the same reasons so you really need to make sure that you find out what is at the root of the problem or else you are simply going to be covering over the symptoms of bad breath.
The first step in curing bad breath is to make sure that you are brushing your teeth regularly along with flossing, brushing your tongue and gargling. This is really only the first step in if you're able to treat your halitosis successfully by doing this, you are in the minority.
If you are not able to treat your halitosis by simply brushing your teeth more often, you should seek the advice of a dentist. Often, tooth decay, gum disease or other problems within the mouth are at the root of our halitosis and these are things that we cannot treat on our own. Even if your dentist does not see any of these problems within your mouth, they may still be able to identify what is at the root of the problem.
For example, a dentist will be able to smell your breath while they are working on your mouth and if they recognize a certain odor, it may be indicative of a certain type of problem. A good example of this is if you have a problem with your kidneys. This often causes halitosis but not in the same way as regular halitosis. Kidney disease usually leaves a urine like smell on our breath that is easily recognizable.
He may also be able to identify if you are having a problem with an infection in your body which is causing the halitosis. Although he will not be able to treat the infection naturally, it will alert you to the problem and you can find a way to do so yourself.
It may take a little bit of work on your part in order to get to the root of what is truly causing your bad breath. Once you discover what is at the core of the problem, however, it can be treated from there. The halitosis, which is simply a symptom of the underlying problem, will disappear along with it.