Banish Bad Breath

Date: January 15, 2012      Publication: Bottom Line Personal      Source: Violet I. Haraszthy      Print:

I often have a bad taste in my mouth. How do I get rid of it?

Try brushing with a toothpaste containing triclosan, such as Colgate Total. Triclosan, an antibacterial agent, is especially effective at reducing bacteria that cause a bad taste and bad breath. Be sure to clean your tongue as well as your teeth. Or use a mouth rinse that does not contain alcohol, such as Pro-Health, Oasis or Act without alcohol. Alcohol will further dry the mouth and contribute to bad breath. Eating some parsley also may help.

If you regularly have a bad taste in your mouth, see your dentist—it could be caused by tooth decay, gum disease or faulty dental restorations. Some medicines, especially ones that cause dry mouth, can lead to a persistent bad taste, as can several systemic conditions such as acid reflux, sinus problems and lung infections. Talk to your doctor.

Source: Violet I. Haraszthy, DDS, PhD, associate professor, department of restorative dentistry, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Buffalo.