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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Board Certified, Dentistry
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How can I get rid of bad breath even after brushing my teeth and using mouth wash?

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Board Certified, Dentistry
35 years in practice
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How can I get rid of bad breath even after brushing my teeth and using mouth wash?

Wrong assumption: Your problem may be caused by cavities, acid reflux, gum disease, or diet... All the mouthwash and brushing in the world will not solve your problem, only mask it for 5 minutes. Seek the help of a local dentist and physician who can examine you and determine the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Unpleasant, distinctive, or offensive breath odor is ...Read more


Dr. Tal Dagan
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Bad taste bad breath I have a bad taste and bad breath in my mouth all the time even after when i brush my teeth

Dr. Tal Dagan
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There : There are many things that can cause bad breath, including the following: diet - when a person does not brush or floss their teeth thoroughly, food particles may remain in the mouth. These particles may rot and cause foul odors. In addition, food particles over time can promote the growth of bacteria, which can also cause foul odors. The bacteria can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Foods with strong odors also affect the air a person exhales. Foods commonly known to contribute to bad breath include onions and garlic, exotic spices (such as curry), some cheeses, fish, and acidic beverages such as coffee. Foods are absorbed into the bloodstream and then transferred to the lungs, causing noticeable odors when exhaled. These foods may also cause gastrointestinal upset and belching, which can contribute to bad breath. In addition, certain supplements such as fish oil capsules can contribute to bad breath. Low carbohydrate diets may also cause what is known as 'ketone breath.' so-called 'low carb' diets cause the body to burn fat as its energy source. The end-product of making this energy are ketones, which cause a fruity acetone-like odor on the breath when exhaled. Dry mouth bad breath can also be caused by decreased flow of saliva, which is a vital part of the digestive process and removes odor-causing particles in the mouth. Also called xerostomia, dry mouth may be caused by medications, breathing through the mouth, or salivary gland problems. Tobacco products - in addition to causing bad breath, smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can stain teeth, irritate gum tissue, and exacerbate tooth decay. Certain medical disorders may cause bad breath, for example: gum or periodontal infection, throat infection (pharyngitis or tonsillitis), local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis and/or post-nasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, acid relux, certain liver or kidney disease, sjogren's syndrome (causes xerostomia), and lactose intolerance. Dentures or dental appliances, such as braces, can contribute to bad breath. Most often it is due to food particles that are not properly cleansed from the appliances. Loose-fitting dentures can contribute to sores and localized infections in the mouth, which can cause bad breath. Finally, morning breath is the appearance of bad breath in the morning that results from an overnight accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. Some people breathe through their mouth at night, which can cause dry mouth and worsen morning breath. ...Read more

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Dr. LaMont Gee
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What to do if I have extremely bad breath even though i brush my teeth a lot. What can I do?

Dr. LaMont Gee
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What to do if I have extremely bad breath even though i brush my teeth a lot. What can I do?

Bad Breath: Bad breath results from several different sources. Even though you brush your teeth you may have an underlying periodontal (gum) infection. There are systemic disorders that can result in bad breath. Start with your dentist to rule out or treat local conditions as needed. If that fails then seek medical attention with a physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Levin
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22 years in practice
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When we have our breakfast after brushing our teeth in the morning, can we still have bad breath?

Dr. Barry Levin
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When we have our breakfast after brushing our teeth in the morning, can we still have bad breath?

Absolutely: It is better to brush after breakfast to remove food particles (from breakfast) by brushing and flossing. Bad breath may be related to food debris on your teeth or periodontal disease, untreated oral infections, sinus infections, etc. If it persists, i recommend you see your dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I have bad breath and it's due to me never brushing my teeth as a kid. For past 1.5 years I have vasty improved my hygiene but still suffer from bad breath, usually 1 hour after brushing my teeth it appears? How can I rule out underlying causes? I've trie

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bad breath: Problems with bad breath (hallatosis) can be related to oral hygiene (i.e., caries, periodontal disease, insufficient saliva) or due to general medical problems such as sinusitis, gastric reflux, diabetes etc. Smoking is a major cause of bad breath. Recommend starting with a dental evaluation. If that doesn’t turn up the cause – then recommend evaluation by your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Julan Crane
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Dr. Stephen Sandler
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I brush, floss, and rinse regularly. However, after lunch I do not have enough time to brush my teeth. What can I do to avoid bad breath?

Dr. Stephen Sandler
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I brush, floss, and rinse regularly. However, after lunch I do not have enough time to brush my teeth. What can I do to avoid bad breath?

Water, gum, diet: First, obviously, avoid known causes like onions, garlic and so on. Foods that are 'non-sticky' will not promote odors since they tend to be swallowed better. Chewing gum helps increase saliva to wash food and germs down; drinking water also helps. Gum with xylitol as a sweetener (found in some gums) will, in additon to helping breath, also help reduce cavities. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Board Certified, Dentistry
49 years in practice
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I had a bad mouth breath..Even if i brush my teeth the bad breath don't go away..I brush 3 times a day..Its affecting my life.Any home remedies.Plz hlp?

Dr. Gary Sandler
Board Certified, Dentistry
49 years in practice
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Some advice: You need to see a dentist to check all your teeth and gums. If you have cavities, gum disease, or even just plaque, calculus and food stuck under your gums, you will have bad breath. Do you also floss? Which is a key element to good oral hygiene. Do you use a tongue scraper (or even a tooth brush on your tongue)? First rule out any dental causes. There are also medical causes for bad breath. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Board Certified, Dentistry
31 years in practice
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White coating on tongue, causing bad breath? How can I get rid of this? This white coating is causing me to have bad breath which is really embarrassing. I brush my teeth 3x's a day, flosh about twice a day and scrape my tongue after every brush. It alwa

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Board Certified, Dentistry
31 years in practice
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See a dentist: Tongue scraping is a great way to remove the debris on your tongue. But it sound like this is not enough for you. There are other causes of bad breath and white tongues, it could be allergies, post nasal drip, thrush infection or other causes. Your dentist can examine your tongue and find a cause and treat it. ...Read more

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
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Even though I brush my teeth twice in the morning I still have bad breath. I get self-conscious when talking to ppl because of it. What are solutions?

Dr. Bac Nguyen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
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Even though I brush my teeth twice in the morning I still have bad breath. I get self-conscious when talking to ppl because of it. What are solutions?

Halitosis: There are many causes of unpleasant breath odor: bacteria growing on the tongue, mouth, gum, sinuses/nose, tonsils, esophagus, and stomach can produce some compounds with unpleasant odor. Clean the tongue, floss, use antibacterial rinse, treat postnasal drip, reflux etc..If treating these still not adequate, consult doc as some systemic illnesses such as diabetes does this as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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