Battling Bad Breath

Bad breath can be embarrassing but it can also be a symptom of a medical problem.

NewsChannel 10's Noelle Gardner tells us how we can combat bad breath.

When you have bad breath, you could use a stick of gum or a mint to mask the problem.

But in many cases doctors say it's necessary to battle the bacteria.

Doctor Tom Carr explains what causes it, "the primary cause gum disease, the secondary cause is dry mouth which is secondary to prescription drugs and certain medical conditions can cause dry mouth."

Bad hygiene is not the only culprit. Foods like onions and garlic contribute to bad breath.

Doctor Carr says there are things you can do, "good hygiene...see your dentist...proper care-- professional care and daily home care."

Experts suggest eating naturally sweet food like berries, citrus fruits, and other foods rich in vitamin C... and veggies such as apples, celery and carrots.

Bad breath is embarrassing especially if someone gives you a hint.

Doctor Carr says sometimes he needs to be honest, "we discuss it and ask them if they are aware of the problem and we would discuss what we can do."

Mints, gums and breath fresheners just don't do the job- you need to brush after every meal and floss everyday and don't forget to scrape the tongue and if that doesn't work see a dentist for a professional cleaning.