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A 47-year-old member asked:

Could having a persistant bad breath always mean that the body is full of toxin?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 26 years experience
Origin: Bad breath can be caused from gum disease, tonsillitis stones, acid reflux, tooth decay. Rule them out by a check up and a good cleaning at your dentist.
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dentistry 38 years experience
Halitosis : The most common cause of bad breath is from the bacteria and debris that build up in your mouth. These bacteria produce sulfur compounds that cause bad breath. Make sure that you are brushing, flossing and cleaning your tongue frequently. See your dentist and have your teeth cleaned. If this doesn't help look for other causes, allergies, sinus, acid reflux, metabolic diseases.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 38 years experience
Bad breath : Caused from poor dental health, and may be a sign of other health problems. Also the type of food you eat or other factors like smoking can effect your breath. Rec.: see your dentist to determine the cause of the problem and proper treatment.
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Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Bad breath can also come from having adenoid and tonsil issues. People with cryptic tonsils (tonsils have small pockets that get plugged with debris) can struggle with bad breath in spite of having good oral hygiene.
Apr 26, 2014
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin commented
Pain Management 38 years experience
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Very good points and clear explanation. Thank you for sharing.
Apr 26, 2014

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can the taste of bad breath always necessarily mean that you have bad breath?

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Dr. Jason Cataldo
dentistry - Periodontics 26 years experience
Usually: Halitosis, or breath odor, can taste bad and smell bad. If you are experiencing this, you can contact your dentist or physician. It may be dental, or related to a medical problem as well. Hang in there!
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