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Does tartar build up on teeth cause body odor?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
No: Calculus can cause halitosis, but not body odor.
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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 43 years experience
No: Tartar on teeth can cause bad breath, lead to bleeding gums,and worse breath, and cause bone loss.It does not cause body odor.However,if your oral hygiene is a reflection of your daily body hygiene, then there might be the source of the body odor. Sadly,some people simply produce a more negative smell, even with good daily hygiene.See your family MD,if improved hygiene efforts don't help.Good Luck
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 38 years experience
Bad breath: Poor dental hygiene can lead to a buildup of plaque in the mouth, which causes an an odor of its own.
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