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Hello, my 16 months son has a very bad breath smell since one week, he's not under medication &he eats normally. What are the possible causes of this?

Hello, my 16 months son has a very bad breath smell since one week, he's not under medication &he eats normally. What are the possible causes of this?

Multiple Answers: First find the cause and deal with that directly. Typically, bad breath stems from bacteria between teeth, on the tongue and around the gums. Fortunately, this problem is often easy to fix: good oral hygiene (brushing 2x day, flossing & brushing your tongue), regular visits to your dentist (to prevent gum disease), and ruling out any underlying conditions or other factors. ...Read more

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Bad Breath (Definition)

A foul odor from the mouth. 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 ...Read more


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What to do if I am feeling like I have bad breath. I was diagnosedbad. Does this 100% mean by breath is bad and people can smell it?

What to do if I am feeling like I have bad breath. I was diagnosedbad. Does this 100% mean by breath is bad and people can smell it?

Simple solution: In the majority of cases, the cause of bad breath, or halitosis, is the product of bacteria in the mouth. 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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How can I prevent bad breath? Is there a medicine I can take to get rid of my foul smell?

How can I prevent bad breath? Is there a medicine I can take to get rid of my foul smell?

Dental hygiene: First make sure you've got the basics covered. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Using a mouthwash can help also. If these measures aren't working then you should see your dentist as you could have gum disease which is contributing to the bad breath. It's also a good idea to have regular routine dental visits for cleanings. ...Read more

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What is ketone breath and what does it smell like, and is it comparable to any other types of bad breath?

What is ketone breath and what does it smell like, and is it comparable to any other types of bad breath?

Sweet: Ketone breath is usually associated with severe, uncontrolled diabetes. It is described as "sweet" smelling. It is not comparable to other forms of bad breath (halitosis) that are associated with dental hygiene or dental pathology. ...Read more

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My 3yr has really bad breath. The smell is still there after brushing. What is the cause and how can I help?

Various causes: Many people associate bad breath with bad hygiene, but commonly misdiagnosed or unchecked items are allergies, reflux, and airway obstructions. Use a team approach with the dentist, ENT and pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have had bad breath 4 years, but have never been able 2 smell it. Others reactions made me aware of it. I can now smell a foul order when I breathe?

I have had bad breath 4 years, but have never been able 2 smell it. Others reactions made me aware of it. I can now smell a foul order when I breathe?

Bad breath: Halitosis, bad breath is caused by poor dental health, tooth decay and may be a sign of other systemic health problems. Also the type of food you eat or other factors like smoking can effect your breath. Rec.: see a dentist to determine the cause of the problem and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Im42 yrs. Old women suffering from heavy growth on togue bacteria & no madecines or washes or foaming or gargles make useto stop the bad breath smell, cyteal vaginite foaming solution give me good results for few hours give me advice

Im42 yrs. Old women suffering from heavy growth on togue bacteria & no madecines or washes or foaming or gargles make useto stop the bad breath smell, cyteal vaginite foaming solution give me good results for few hours give me advice

Only 1 good solution: I have been treating bad breath patients for over27 years. The main consept here is to completely eliminate odor producing bacteria, unfortunately brushing and flossing an mouthwash doesnot provide long lasting effect, due to a fact that it only mechanically removes very small fraction of bacteria from your mouth. We have been utlising full mouth detox and other methods and can achieve 98% succes. ...Read more

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Heey doc, ivee been having this chronic bad breath for the pass 3 years now. People could smell me from close doors and feets away. I tried everything?

Heey doc, ivee been having this chronic bad breath for the pass 3 years now. People could smell me from close doors and feets away. I tried everything?

Determine the cause: Once the cause of your bad breath is determined, you can address the factors and treat your halitosis Diet, sinus infection, decayed teeth, periodontal disease, and acid reflux are a few of the most common causes. Start with your dentist... get a thorough exam and a professional cleaning; have all decayed teeth restored. If problem persists, see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What causes bad smell in exhaling? I've no bad breath but been told breathing out through the nose smell bad.

What causes bad smell in exhaling? I've no bad breath but been told breathing out through the nose smell bad.

Sinusitis: If breathing out of the nose smell bad then you may suffer from sinusitis. Chronic use of nose spray also cause chronic sinus inflammation. Treat the cause, not the symptom. Go to your ENT to see a definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My son just had tonsils removed 4 days ago and has terribly bad breath. What can I do to ease the smell? When will it go away? He's 8 yrs old.

May Be Normal: Talk to the ent. This can be normal after such a surgery and may take 1-2 weeks to get better. I hesitate to gargle without their advice. ...Read more

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Bad breath &bad smell in my nose. My boyfriend can tell me what I've ate by the smell coming from nose. I've tried peroxide. What can I do/whats cause?

Bad breath &bad smell in my nose. My boyfriend can tell me what I've ate by the smell coming from nose. I've tried peroxide. What can I do/whats cause?

Deviated septum: You may have a condition known as " deviated septum" that affects normal passage of secretion from your nose and cause stagnation, this way there are billions of odor producing bacteria, that are being retained there and cause this characteristic odor. Please get referral to ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Sudden bad breath? Smells like eggs, sometimes in nose as well. Been going on for 4 months now

Sudden bad breath? Smells like eggs, sometimes in nose as well. Been going on for 4 months now

Gum Disease #1: The #1 reason for bad breath is gum disease. Volatile sulfur compound (vsc) are released which causes the rotten egg smell. There are mouth rinses that will neutralize vscs, but the source, which is most likely infected gums, needs to be treated. You will need to see your dentist to treat any gum infection and your physician to rule out a sinus infection or other possible source of your problem. ...Read more

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So my boyfriend has bad breath, so when ever I kiss him I want to gag cause it smells bad how dose he get rid of it doc?

Find cause: The usual cause of bad breath is crud on the tongue and between the teeth. Have him floss between his teeth and then run the floss over the back of his tongue. If the floss smells like bad breath afterwards, you've got it treated. You need to do the same of course to keep him company. If the breath is still nasty, there may be chronic oral disease; a physician can find it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Bad breath + floss smells after flossing, I don't even have to get it near my nose, especially while flossing molars and p/molars. Pls help.

Bad breath + floss smells after flossing, I don't even have to get it near my nose, especially while flossing molars and p/molars. Pls help.

See dentist: If you have not seen a dentist lately that would be the first thing to do. Periodontal disease is a very common condition in adults, roughly 1 in 3 people have some form of the disease and this can cause the symptoms that you are having. Brushing your tongue or better yet using a tongue scraper can help clean the surface of your tongue which can also be a factor. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the best kind of mouthwash to use to prevent bad breath? I have chronic sinusitis so this may be a factor in the smell of my breath.

What is the best kind of mouthwash to use to prevent bad breath? I have chronic sinusitis so this may be a factor in the smell of my breath.

Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs mulitply. It is found in a nasal spray called xlear (pronounced "clear") and in chewing gum called spry. Pleasant tasting too! ...Read more

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Tooth extraction now I have bad breath odour something around the extraction​ site like a white colour think it's food could this be cause of smell?

Tooth extraction now I have bad breath odour something around the extraction​ site like a white colour think it's food could this be cause of smell?

Could be infection: None of what you're describing sounds uncommon; it could be something very simple that you will solve with normal healing and good oral hygiene. However, you could have an infection and should speak with your surgeon right away. This is LOTS easier and safer to address sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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I have gas build up in my body. The gas is not causing any pain or discomfort but I has severe bad breath which smells like excrement for 2 months now?

I have gas build up in my body. The gas is not causing any pain or discomfort but I has severe bad breath which smells like excrement for 2 months now?

Bad breath: In the majority of cases, the cause of bad breath, or halitosis, is the product of bacteria in the mouth and gum disease. 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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My 14 year old daughter has really bad breath and her sweat smells like vomit, for years. Help?

A visit to the: Dentist and pediatrician I'm assuming have already been done. Good hygiene (oral and overall) are obviously paramount. With that said there is a dental rinse called smart mouth available otc that I have had patients report really helps. Make sure the brushing of the teeth and tongue is happening at least 2x/day for at lest 2 minutes each time. A tongue brush system by tung is also very good. ...Read more

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I saw an ad that says bad breath is from the tongue, but whenever I floss it smells bad as well. Why isn't it from between the teeth?

I saw an ad that says bad breath is from the tongue, but whenever I floss it smells bad as well. Why isn't it from between the teeth?

Many causes: A build up of material on the tongue can cause bad breath, but definitely is not the only possibility. Poor oral hygeine is a big cause. Food impaction between the teeth can also play a role. Acid reflux and sinus drainage are a few others. The first step would be a comprehensive oral exam. ...Read more

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I'm worried I have bad breath everyone says I don't but if I lick my hand and smell my saliva it smells gross. Is that what others are smelling?

I'm worried I have bad breath everyone says I don't but if I lick my hand and smell my saliva it smells gross. Is that what others are smelling?

It May Not Be: The perception of smell will vary from person to person. What you perceive as obnoxious may not be to someone else. The foods we eat and drink, meds we take, habits we may have as well as state of your dental health and structures of the oral cavity, sinuses, throat may have an effect on what one smells. Also, consider what you may have touched with your hand before smelling the saliva. ...Read more

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I have really bad breath between one of my molars My girlfriend jokes and says it smells like poop and she's right I floss often but smell still there?

Bad Breath: There are many causes of what you describe and the only way to determine the cause followed by appropriate treatment is to see a local dentist for a thorough medical history, clinical exam and x-rays. Causes may include dental decay, periodontal abscess, food impaction, improper or inadequate tooth brushing and flossing, fractured or loose filling, etc. Not to mention some medical conditions. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been experiencing bad breath for about a year now and it smells like feces and I honestly don't know what to do. I brush my teeth twice a d?

Brushing not enough: Brushing alone will not create a healthy oral environment. Halitosis may be caused by GERD, medications, diet, failure to clean between teeth, need to dislodge material from top of tongue, infected tonsils/adenoids/sinuses, metabolic disorders, etc. Please, you need a full work-up by BOTH your General Dentist and your General Physician. ...Read more

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I've had bad breath & red spots at the back of my tongue that when I touch them with my finger they smell awful. The spots aren't painful. What is this? & what can I do for it?

I've had bad breath & red spots at the back of my tongue that when I touch them with my finger they smell awful. The spots aren't painful. What is this? & what can I do for it?

Halitosis: An unpleasant odor of the breath. It can be caused by a number of factors, including cavities, periodontal problems, diet, and acid reflux. All of these conditions need to be diagnosed by a local dentist and physician who can actually see you and determine the cause of your bad breath after taking a full medical hx. Once the cause is determined, then treatment can be rendered. ...Read more

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My nine year old son mouth smells bad breath with no dental problem what is the cause.

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See a pedodontist: The proper diagnosis is the key to a successful treatment. See your pedodontist for Halimeter test, diagnosis and bad breath treatment that depends on its cause. Good luck. ...Read more

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Toddler's poop sometimes smells like bad breath/halitosis. Tends to smell this way more when toddler is constipated.?

Toddler's poop sometimes smells like bad breath/halitosis. Tends to smell this way more when toddler is constipated.?

Fermentation: The longer stool stays in the large intestine, the more time bacteria have to make products of fermentation (methane, sulfur compounds, carbon dioxide.) Encourage your toddler to eat more fiber. Fresh fruit are good sources that toddlers generally like. Also probiotics like active culture yogurt and Activia may help. Consult your pediatrician about other treatment for constipation. ...Read more

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When I blow my nose I have a foul smell like bad breath. I've had tonsil stones is this what it is? Plus very congested...

Acute sinusitis: A sinus infection may also have a cough, sore throat, toothache, fever and bad breath. Neti-pot Saline irrigation, plenty of water, expectorants and NSAIDs for pain are good home remedies to drain the sinuses and alleviate the condition. ...Read more