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A 45-year-old female asked:

hi i've had bad breath for a while now. i always have a residue on the back of my tounge like mucus and i'm always having to blow my nose.

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Arm
Pathology 49 years experience
Bad breath: Impossible to answer without a complete history.Mucus;cold can be a sign of post nasal drip-this can cause bad breath. Other causes can be systemic disease, your diet, from medications. One big cause can be from mouth - periodontal(gum)disease, bad teeth, lesions, and the tongue. You should be checked by your dentist and md depending on history.Dentist who knows about bad breath or oral medicine.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Bad breath: Has your PCP evaluated tonsils/adenoids & for post-nasal drip. Have you been evaluated for GERD or diabetes. When was your last dental check-up. Do you brush twice daily for 2 full minutes. Do you floss daily. Do you brush your tongue. Do you eat highly aromatic foods. Has your diet/medications/supplements changed. Has an ENT evaluated your sinuses. Time for some examinations.

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Last updated Mar 9, 2019

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