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A 40-year-old member asked:

Bad breath problems. please help! who do i see?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Start w Dentist. : If problem is not dental - see physician. Bad breath (halitosis) may be caused by smoking, dry mouth, gum infections, poor dental hygiene, certain foods (like garlic, curry, fish oils or onions), sinusitis, post nasal drip, throat infections, infections in the mouth, bronchitis, lactose intolerance, gerd, improperly cleaned dentures, braces ; retainers.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Please help! does chewing tabacco cause you to have bad breath?

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Dr. Sam Markzar
Periodontics 27 years experience
Yes. ...but ....: Having bad breath after chewing tobacco will be my last concern, if you have been doing that for a while. Chemical burns, and oral cancers will be much more devastating things to cope with later on, if you continue that. Talk to your dentist please.!
A 47-year-old member asked:

My girlfriend has infected me with bad breath, please help?

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Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 23 years experience
NO: Bad breath is caused by bleeding gum which produces variable sulfur compound (vsc). Your girlfriend cannot infect you with her bad breath. Check with your dentist for any underlying cause. Check with your doctor for any GI problem.
A 40-year-old member asked:

My boyfriend has bad breath, how can I help him?

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Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 39 years experience
Buy a tongue scraper: Bad breath can have a lot of causes; the foods, gum disease, infections, failing dental restorations, sores in the mouth and respiratory infections. However, 90% of the time bad breath is the result of a dirty tongue; gases produced by bacteria in at the back of the tongue. About 1% of bad breath is caused by systemic disease.
Dr. Stanley Siu
Dr. Stanley Siu commented
Cosmetic Dentistry 17 years experience
Get him to goto the dentist. Tell him that you won't kiss him until he gets checked out by a dentist. That might light a fire under him.
Jul 15, 2012
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Most bad breath is due to decaying crud in the mouth, between the teeth or on the tongue. A good dental flossing with running it over the back of the tongue cures most of these. If it does not, look for a problem in the upper aerodigestive system.
Jul 20, 2012
A 34-year-old member asked:

Help please! what eating habits leads to bad breath?

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 32 years experience
See your dentist: Sources: gut, plaque (germs), pus (infection), cavities (rotting tooth). See your dentist to find the reason for yours. Until then: avoid foods that cause it (garlic, onions, certain spices); floss and brush your teeth (every night); use listerine (essential oils help), and cut out the sugar habit to minimize further decay (note--i didn't say "eliminate" decay).
A 48-year-old member asked:

Please help! does gelatin (capsule shell) cause bad breath?

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Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 25 years experience
Gelatin capsules: Gelatin itself is not on the "bad breath list" per se. However, once you ingest something that your GI (stomach, intestine, etc.) system does not agree well, the gas that comes up into your mouth can give you a bad breath.

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