Bad Breath or Halitosis- Have our Dentists in Hauppauge help you find the cause
Halitosis or bad breath can be caused by any number of factors.
What follows is a list of some of the possible causes.
Let our dentists in Hauppauge find the cause of your bad breath

Possible Medical causes

Sinus infections and tonsillar infections
Lung diseases
Kidney diseases
Liver diseases
Blood disorders
Gallbladder dysfunction
Certain foods as garlic, onions, cauliflower
GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

Possible Dental causes

Dental caries (cavities)
Periodontal (gum) disease
Oral infections or abscesses
Oral cancers
Xerostomia (dry mouth) caused by medicines, alcohol, stress or a medical condition
Post nasal drips or discharges
Allergy conditions
A proliferation of gram negative anaerobic bacteria
Dental plaque from poor oral hygiene
Partially impacted wisdom teeth

Although any one of the above could be a cause of bad breath, the majority of bad breath problems are caused from a proliferation of specific types of sulphur-producing bacteria in the mouth that normally live within the surface of the tongue and throat. Sometimes these bacteria start to break down proteins at a very high rate and odorous volatile sulphur compounds (VSC) are released. This proliferation is often a result of conditions such as allergies, sinus congestion or post-nasal drips, nasal polyps, and xerostomia which is a dry mouth condition. The teeth also attract bacteria containing dental plaque and if not cleaned thoroughly and regularly, can result in large accumulations of bacteria that result in bad breath. People who develop periodontal disease often experience bad breath because of bacteria and their waste products accumulating in areas not easily cleaned, such as in the deep pockets around the teeth. We rarely find halitosis resulting from a medical condition, and therefore if you have this problem, we suggest that the first approach in eliminating the problem should be an evaluation with your dentist. We can determine whether a halitosis problem is of a medical or dental origin and offer solutions.


There is no one treatment for halitosis. The treatment will depend on what is causing the problem. Good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and the use of a tongue scraper is important. Some mouthwashes and toothpastes are effective in fighting halitosis. The first thing to do is to get a thorough dental examination and identify the cause of your halitosis in order to find the most effective treatment for you.
Only when all other causes have been ruled out or treated, do we recommend the use of one of the following mouth rinses that specifically treat the odors from sulfur producing bacteria.

Please note that this article is for educational purposes only, and not meant to diagnose your specific problems. Only a consultation with your dentist and physician can properly diagnose individual problems and only then offer the proper treatment recommendations!


Call 631-499-1800 for a consultation and advice about how best to determine the cause  and solve your problem

Gary L. Sandler, DDS & Bonnie E. Lipow, DDS

201 Moreland Road, Suite #8

Hauppauge, NY 11788