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 answers • 4 doctors weighed in
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.
4.6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
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.
207 viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Mar 9, 2019
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.