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Bad Breath (Definition)

Unpleasant, distinctive, or offensive breath odor is commonly called bad breath.

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Why does garlic cause bad breath?

Why does garlic cause bad breath?

Garlic breath: Garlic contains several sulfur compounds, which alone can cause bad breath, but they also promote the growth of oral bacteria, which may further add to the problem. Garlic lovers can absorb some of the sulfur compounds into their bloodstream & the body can exude the odor through the pores. Brushing teeth & tongue, gargling with mouthwash, eating parsley may help diminish the odor somewhat. ...Read more

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Could tooth decay always mean bad breath?

Could tooth decay always mean bad breath?

It is possible: However, 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. ...Read more

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Beauty (Tip)

Beauty

Bad breath comes from the stomach, teeth, and mouth. Protect all 3 by choosing what you eat. ...See more

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Overcoming Bad Breath (Checklist)

Keep teeth clean
2 Min, Once, forever
Avoid smelly foods
Once
See a dentist
Yearly
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How do I treat bad breath?

How do I treat bad breath?

Oral hygiene: Most bad breath is due to crud on the mouth, between the teeth or on the tongue. A good dental flossing with running it over the back of the tongue cures most of these. If it does not, and you are not eating anything like onions or garlic, look for a problem in the upper aerodigestive system. ...Read more

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I have very bad breath because my teeth are rotten. Can this be treated? I'm only 20.

Sure: Best bet is to call a local dentist for an appointment. You can ask them what would work best for your mouth regarding cosmetic and restorative care. ...Read more

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Fish Oil (Tip)

Fish Oil

Fish oil can be purchased in capsules that do not cause bad breath. ...See more

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Overcoming Bad Breath (Checklist)

See doctor to check: post-nasal drip, acid reflux, dry month
Once
Assess diet to see if any foods are causing bad breath
Once
If you can't find cause, ask your dentist for oral bacteria DNA test
Once
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Please let me know if there is any "treatment" to bad breath?

Please let me know if there is any "treatment" to bad breath?

Three possibilities: Bad breath usually is caused by one or a combination of these three problems: teeth, sinuses, digestive issues. First see dentist for a complete exam and cleaning to fix and/or rule out dental issues. If not resolved then see ear, nose and throat specialist and gastroenterologist. Your choice which one first. In the mean time brush and floss twice daily and use listerine or pro-health mouthwash. ...Read more

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