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Can you please list the common causes of halitosis and what are the home remedies for it?

Can you please list the common causes of halitosis and what are the home remedies for it?

Mouth and stomach: Bad breath can be caused by the germs that cause gum diseases, tooth decay, and sometime tonsil or stomach issues. Mouth rinses and good brushing and flossing might help. If it persists, see a dentist to start. ...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 causes halitosis?

What causes halitosis?

Anaerobic bacteria: Bad breath is caused by billions of bacteria in your mouth, the same bacteria also may cause gum desease. The reason it smells is bacause those bacteria produce gases and other waste in your mouth, and when you exhale, people around you may smell this very characteristic smell. ...Read more

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Are there drugs that cause halitosis?

Are there drugs that cause halitosis?

POssible: Most likely you have what we call "tonsoliths" (spelling mistake) or allergies causing the mucus to form and congeal in spots in your throat, eventually leading to bad breath. Listerine, listerine, listerine and good deep tooth brushing technique are essential. ...Read more

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What is the most accurate test to determine the cause of halitosis?

What is the most accurate test to determine the cause of halitosis?

Physical exam: Many cases are due to dental problems. Other causes include problems with the stomach and intestines or tonsils. Check with your dentist then pcp for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the cause of persistent halitosis (bad breath)?

What is the cause of   persistent halitosis (bad breath)?

Tongue scraping: Probably the biggest cause of halitosis or bad breath is the accumulation of bacteria on the back of the tongue. Look in the mirror and stick out your tongue you may see a white or yellowish coating on the back of your tongue. Tongue scrapers are available at any drug store that gently remove this layer of bacteria. Follow up with a good mouthwash and you will find a big improvement. ...Read more

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How can I treat an infectious condition that causes Halitosis?

How can I treat an infectious condition that causes Halitosis?

See a denist: There are 3 infectious etiologies for halitosis. First, bacteria growing in the deep cripts of the tongue. A tongue scraper may help this after brushing. Second, Hpylori in the stomach causing acid overproduction. Thirdly a gum, tooth or other chronic oral infection. Its really best to see a good dentist and have them evaluate you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to diagnose the cause of halitosis? I wouold like to know if the reason for halitosis can be diagnosed. What steps should I take to find the reason and a cure?

Taken : Taken from web md: bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. How does what you eat affect breath? Basically, all the food you eat begins to be broken down in your mouth. As foods are digested and absorbed into your bloodstream, they are eventually carried to your lungs and given off in your breath. If you eat foods with strong odors (such as garlic or onions), brushing and flossing -- even mouthwash -- merely covers up the odor temporarily. The odor will not go away completely until the foods have passed through your body. Why do poor habits cause bad breath? If you don't brush and floss your teeth daily, food particles can remain in your mouth, which promotes bacterial growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue. This causes bad breath. In addition, odor-causing bacteria and food particles can cause bad breath if dentures are not properly cleaned. Smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can also cause bad breath, stain teeth, reduce your ability to taste foods, and irritate the gums. What health problems are associated with bad breath? Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth may be warning signs of gum (periodontal) disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. The bacteria cause toxins to form in the mouth, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone. Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and dental caries. The medical condition dry mouth (also called xerostomia) can also cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be caused by the side effects of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth. Many other diseases and illnesses may cause bad breath. Here are some to be aware of: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems. What can I do to prevent bad breath? Bad breath can be reduced or prevented if you: practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day with fluoridetoothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your teeth after you eat (keep a toothbrush at work or school to brush after lunch). Don't forget to brush your tongue, too. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months. Use floss or an interdental cleaner to remove food particles and plaque between your teeth once a day. Dentures should be removed at night and cleaned thoroughly before being placed in your mouth the next morning. See your dentist regularly - at least twice a year. He or she will conduct an oral examination and professional teeth cleaning and will be able detect and treat periodontal disease, dry mouth, or other problems that may be the cause of bad mouth odor. Stop smoking/chewing tobacco-based products. Ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit. Drink lots of water. This will keep your mouth moist. Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) or sucking on candy (preferably sugarless) also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps wash away food particles and bacteria. Keep a log of the foods you eat. If you think the foods that you eat may be causing your bad breath, record what you eat. Bring the log to your dentist to review. Similarly, make a list of the medications you take. Some medications may play a role in creating mouth odors. Who treats bad breath? In most cases, your dentist can treat the cause of bad breath. If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy and that the odo. ...Read more

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What bacteria cause halitosis?

What bacteria cause halitosis?

Many: There are several strains of bacteria (check out the web) that can cause halitosis/bad breath.) Halitosis is common is usually caused by an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth as a result of gum disease, food, or plaque. Some people are more prone to have halitosis, regardless of how well they clean. Do your best, and brush the tongue too. ...Read more

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Does postnasal drip cause halitosis?

Yes, it can.: Postnasal drip can create a malodorous breath. The excessive mucous flow can promote bacterial growth and that usually will smell bad. ...Read more

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Are there other mouth conditions that cause halitosis?

Several conditions: Several conditions in the mouth can cause halitosis (bad breath), such as gum disease, dental infections, poor dental hygiene, tonsil infections, multiple oral ulcers, etc... ...Read more

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48 yr old healthy male, takes no meds, has no allergies or sinus issues, suffering from halitosis. What could be the cause?

48 yr old healthy male, takes no meds, has no allergies or sinus
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See your dentist.: The most common cause of bad breath is the health of your gums and teeth. If you have gum disease ( which would not necessarily cause you pain) or cavities you could experience bad breath. These conditions are caused by bacteria. These bacteria produce by-products in your mouth that smell terrible. A dentist should be seen to rule out the obvious causes. ...Read more

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Can dental abscesses cause halitosis?

Yes: If the abscess is draining into your mouth it can cause halitosis. The abscess needs to be treated regardless. ...Read more

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What is the best home remedies for post nasal drip that also causes halitosis had it for many years?

What is the best home  remedies for post  nasal drip  that also causes  halitosis  had it for  many years?

May be normal: In dental school, an oral surgeon once told us there is no such thing as 'post nasal drip' as an anomaly--we all have it. It is normal, and most of us drain a quart of fluid a day down the back of our throat. People that say they have a problem have just become more aware of that draining. That being said, there are some that get relief using otc allergy medicines. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of persistent halitosis caused by bacteria that lies at the very back of the tongue and cannot be reached with a tongue scraper?

How can I get rid of persistent halitosis caused by bacteria that lies at the very back of the tongue and cannot be reached with a tongue scraper?

See DDS first: Rule out dental etiology with the dentist- ie- caries and periodontal disease first. It needed, your dentist may refer you to your primary care physician or ENT if sinus involvement is suspect. ...Read more

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I have halitosis, this past week i went to my gastroenterologist and he told me it's caused for an hiatal hernia, how can I remove bad breath?

I have halitosis, this past week i went to my gastroenterologist and he told me it's caused for an hiatal hernia, how can I remove bad breath?

Bad breath: The physician who diagnosed your hiatal hernia should be able to suggest appropriate treatment for that. With all due respect, you may also have dental problems which may be causing your bad breath. Therefore i recommend you see a dentist for an exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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I have halitosis. I have exception oral hygiene. Bad breath taste is coming from the back of my mouth. My mouth often tastes acidy. Cause & cure?

I have halitosis. I have exception oral hygiene. Bad breath taste is coming from the back of my mouth. My mouth  often tastes acidy. Cause & cure?

Halitosis: 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 your dentist and physician, and I'm confident that your problem will at least be minimized, and hopefully eradicated. ...Read more

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Is there any self test to know fungal infection in mouth especially in tongue?Can it be a cause of halitosis?

Is there any self test to know fungal infection in mouth especially in tongue?Can it be a cause of halitosis?

Candidiasis-thrush: A doctor or dentist (and sometimes pharmacist) can tell you if you have the yeast infection candidiasis, which can cause halitosis. The mouth usually has red spots or a white area that when wiped off leaves a red spot. It is usually treated with nystatin. It is important to find out the cause of thrush as it can sometimes be a symptom of another disease. ...Read more

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What is halitosis?

Baaaaad breath......: Halitosis is defined as unpleasant and characteristic odor from the mouth when you exhale. Most of the time people that care about you, or family member will approach you and tell you about your "problem" .Many patients tel me that they were offered gum by their coworkers....It is caused by millions of odor producing bacteria in your mouth, that is almost impossible to remove by brushing-flossing. ...Read more

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Non tricklia halitosis?

Causes of halitosis:: Halitosis is bad breath, and has many causes, such as poor dental hygiene, gum disease, smoking, sinus infections, tonsil infections, eating onions, eating fishy foods, drinking coffee, stomach reflux, etc... The tube connecting the throat to the air tubes (bronchi) in the lungs is called the trachea (pronounced tray-kee-ah), and is usually not a source of halitosis. A "tricklia" is the trachea? ...Read more

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