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A 16-year-old female asked:

I have really bad breathe. i try flossing, brushing, gum, mints but it just comes back. how can i get rid of it? i have braces, is that a reason why?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Braces do trap stuff: Halitosis (bad breath) after certain foods or drinks occurs for several reasons. Chemicals from some foods/drinks diffuse into the flesh in the mouth and throat. These chemicals (odors) keep coming out into the breath for many hours. Some foods/drinks cause odors when in the stomach. Stomach odors will come up through burps, and even without noticeable burps. Some substances stick to the teeth.
Dr. Frank Berman
Dentistry 39 years experience
a sinus infection, with the resultant post-nasal drip or gastritis can cause bad breath, too!
Jul 31, 2012
Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 48 years experience
Possibly: If you have braces and have ligatures holding the wire on, the elastic material is porous and will harbor debris causing bad breath. You should also look at brushing your tongue and the possibility of nasal drip or congestion contributing to it.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Halitosis: In some cases bad breathe is the result of gastric juices and the smell is therefore coming up from the stomach. Braces can make it more difficult to keep things clean so staying on top of this will help only if the smell is because of your oral hygiene. Consult with your dentist, orthodontist, and physician.

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