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my niece says my breath smells like moth balls i've just recently had a cleaning with no cavities or gum disease. what should i do? i

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 51 years experience
See your doctor.: In addition to gum disease and cavities bad breath can be caused by infected tonsils/adenoids, gerd and diet. See your doctor.
Dr. Keith Hollander
Dentistry 36 years experience
Sources of odor: Smells can be coming from the tongue, gums, tonsils, adenoids, Stomach, sinuses. A moth ball smell is unusual for an oral smell. Chemical smells can be from an out gassing of the body through the lungs and can indicate a metabolic problem. May want to have it checked out by a physician if the dentist eliminated all dental causes. Might using a tongue scraper too. Tongues are like shag carpet
Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
90% of bad breath can come from the tonque- Use a tongue scraper daily until nothing is coming off on the scraper
Feb 16, 2015
Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Brush and floss: Make sure your brush your teeth, gums and the top surface of your tongue three times a day and floss your teeth once a day. You can also rinse with warm salt water three to four times a day to help kill bacteria. Do that for 3 weeks. If there is no improvement, see your physician to evaluate your GI tract to rule out any internal problems.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Simple solution: Halitosis even after brushing needs a powerful help. You can brush and floss and still have a bad breath. The proper diagnosis is the key to a successful treatment. See your dentist for Halimeter test, diagnosis and bad breath treatment that depends on its cause. Good luck.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Halitosis: Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with your dentist and physician, and I'm confident that your problem will at least be minimized, and hopefully eradicated.
Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Try a tongue scrapper -90% of bad breath comes from the tongue
Jun 3, 2016

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