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Could it be my deviated septum is causing bad breath?

Could it be my deviated septum is causing bad breath?

Not typical: Tonsil issues, reflux, sinusitis, poor dental and oral hygiene and some types of food you eat are much more likely to cause bad breath than deviated septum.
Septal deviation typically interferes with nasal airflow and contributes to the sensation of a stuffy nose. ...Read more

Dr. Greg Rubin
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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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Deviated septum surgery cures bad breath?

Deviated septum surgery cures bad breath?

Of course: Any blockage of nasal passages can lead to more mouth breathing, dry mouth and bad breath so a deviated septum and similar can cause such as well. Septoplasty is the appropriate procedure to improve breathing and bad breath. ...Read more

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Have a deviated nasal septum, don't want surgery. Been causing post nasal drip & bad breath for years, taking nasal spray & antihistamine. Not helping.

Have a deviated nasal septum, don't want surgery. Been causing post nasal drip & bad breath for years, taking nasal spray & antihistamine. Not helping.

Reconsider: A deviated nasal septum can cause a lot of problems. My patients who have the surgery almost all wish they had it done sooner. Get in to see an ENT (maybe get a second opinion). He/she can give you more information pertinent to your case. Bad breathe and nasal drip can be a sign of sinusitis and if so, often needs antibiotics. So, a visit to a good ENT will be worthwhile. ...Read more

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Can deviated nasal septum give you constant post nasal drip and very bad breath? If so what is the treatment?

Can deviated nasal septum give you constant post nasal drip and very bad breath? If so what is the treatment?

Unlikely: Having had a deviated septum myself, (car accident) this would very unlikely be the cause of your symptoms. A deviated septum typically only affect breathing through the nose. ...Read more

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Can a blocked septum cause bad breath?

Can a blocked septum cause bad breath?

Yes...: Specially if the blockage is associated with bacterial growth, or sinus backflow drainage. See an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Could breath fine through left nostril until recently, even with deviated septum. But it has a spur on it now. Could sinus cancer be a cause somehow?

Could breath fine through left nostril until recently, even with deviated septum. But it has a spur on it now. Could sinus cancer be a cause somehow?

Sinus cancer: While sinus cancer cannot be ruled out in forum such as this, it is a relatively rare disease. If you are worried, I would have you see an ENT to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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Why is it hard to breath through my nose? Could I have some deviated septum?

Why is it hard to breath through my nose? Could I have some deviated septum?

Deviated septum: A deviated septum is not an uncommon problem. It can lead to nasal obstruction, snoring and even sinus issues. You only need surgery if you are having symptoms. If there are symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring or recurrent sinusitis, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Does snoring relate to having a deviated septum? I cannot breath while snoring and I often wake up with headaches.

Does snoring relate to having a deviated septum? I cannot breath while snoring and I often wake up with headaches.

Sleep apnea: Waking up at night frequently because of difficulty breathing and an associated headache in the morning is a sign of sleep apnea. See a sleep specialist to help with sleeping, reducing snoring as well as headaches. ...Read more

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I had surgery on my deviated septum but its worse now. I wake up at night just to blow my nose because I can't breath. Its almost completely closed.?

I had surgery on my deviated septum but its worse now. I wake up at night just to blow my nose because I can't breath. Its almost completely closed.?

See below: It is normal to have this problem due to swelling for a few weeks after surgery. If this is after it is healed (more than 6 weeks from the time of surgery), have your ENT take a look to see what the problem is or get a second opinion if they can not help you. ...Read more

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Can a pretty bad deviated septum cause constant post nasal drip?

Can a pretty bad deviated septum cause constant post nasal drip?

Possibly yes: If the deviated septum contributes to sinusitis, then constant nasal drip may occur. Your history of allergies may also contribute to this. If the drainage should become purulent or bloody, you may benefit from antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can having a deviated septum cause really bad post nasal drip? Anytime I have a runny nose, the snot will fall to my mouth and I gag on it.

Can having a deviated septum cause really bad post nasal drip? Anytime I have a runny nose, the snot will fall to my mouth and I gag on it.

Post nasal drip: Post nasal drip is not caused by a deviated septum. Rather it is caused by allergic rhinitis. You can have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Can having deviated septum cause bad post nasal drip? Anytime I have a runny nose, snot will fall to my mouth and gag on it. Ent said sinuses are good

Can having deviated septum cause bad post nasal drip? Anytime I have a runny nose, snot will fall to my mouth and gag on it. Ent said sinuses are good

Unlikely: A deviated septum does not usually cause severe post nasal drip. If you have already seen an ENT doctor and sinusitis has been ruled out, I would consult an allergist. The major symptom of a deviated nasal septum is difficulty breathing through the side of the nose where the septal cartilage is deviated. ...Read more

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Could lung abscess be the cause of bad breath?

Could lung abscess be the cause of bad breath?

Yes, but no: A lung abscess is so completely rare when compared to oral reasons for bad breath. I would not suspect an abscess of a lung unless there where more breathing/pleurisy type symptoms. My first suggestion would be brush your tongue and drink water. See a dentist to determine if there is a true dental reason that you have bad breath if you are a smoker, stop now! ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my chronic and persistent bad breath?

What could be the cause of my chronic and persistent bad breath?

Dental & Medical: 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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Could a large cavity cause bad breath?

Could a large cavity cause bad breath?

Yes but,: If you have bad breath there are also other possible causes. Just because you know or think that you have a large cavity, doesn't mean that you also don't have gum problems, etc. Regardless, it seems like it's time to see your dentist. ...Read more

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What could be a cure for some medical conditions that causes bad breath?

Which one?: Is this a hypothetical question or related to your own bad breath issue? If it's a hypothetical one, space is limited here and you can research it by doing a google search. If you yourself have bad breath, first rule out any dental causes by seeing a dentist. If your dentist feels the cause may be medical in origin, he\she will refer you to a physician to check you out medically. ...Read more

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I heard how not chewing your food causes poor digestion. Could bad breath be a result of that?

I heard how not chewing your food causes poor digestion. Could bad breath be a result of that?

Possible.: It is absolutely necessary to chew food properly before you swallow as digestion begins in the mouth, when food gets mixed with saliva.The food also is properly pulverised so that stomach acid & other enzmes of intestine can act upon the food more readily, & hence this process helps I n proper digestion. If the food is not digested properly, it backs up in the system, & when you burp, bad breath occurs. ...Read more

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I was reading about how not chewing your food causes poor digestion. Could bad breath happen because of it?

I was reading about how not chewing your food causes poor digestion. Could bad breath happen because of it?

Usually a cause: There is usually a cause for bad breath. Proper oral hygiene and healthy dentition and gums is the most important. But meds, supplements, poor nutrition and leaking fillings and/or crowns (caps,) can be sources. Get a thorough checkup. Brushing your tongue does help. You do not want to overuse breath mints, etc., because the sucking on the mints can cause problems over time. ...Read more

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Bad breath in a 19 month old. What could cause it?

Crusted milk curds: If baby is normal and is not taking any meds, probably from not cleaning milk off the tongue. ...Read more

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What stomach issues could cause bad breath?

What stomach issues could cause bad breath?

Gerd, Gas, Ulcer: Though not the most prominent, bad breath from stomach problems can occur. This is because gastrointestinal issues that could lead to bad breath are usually pervasive enough for someone to seek 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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What cause bad breath? How could fix that problem bad breath

What cause bad breath? How could fix that problem bad breath

See your dentist: Sources: gut, plaque (germs), pus (infection), cavities (rotting tooth). See your dentist to find the reason for yours. Until then: avoid foods that cause it (garlic, onions, certain spices); floss and brush your teeth (every night); use listerine (essential oils help), and cut out the sugar habit to minimize further decay (note--i didn't say "eliminate" decay). ...Read more

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What cause bad breath? How could u fix that problem bad breath

What cause bad breath? How could u fix that problem bad breath

VSC: Vsc, or variable sulfur compound, is the end product of blood. Bleeding in your mouth is due to gingival inflammation from food impaction, abscess, infection, faulty restorations. Other cause of bad breath is medical related (gi problems, diabetes). Treatment required treating the cause of bad breath. ...Read more

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Please help! Does chewing tabacco cause you to have bad breath?

Yes.. ..but. ...: Having bad breath after chewing tobacco will be my last concern, if you have been doing that for a while. Chemical burns, and oral cancers will be much more devastating things to cope with later on, if you continue that. Talk to your dentist please.! ...Read more

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I've been suffering for bad breath for 10 years what is the majoy cause?

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

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Does sinusitis usually cause bad breath?

Sometimes: The purulent drainage from a sinus infection can smell bad... As it drains from the nose down the palate and into the throat... It can cause halitosis (bad breath). ...Read more

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Is it possible that a blow to the face cause a deviated septum?

Is it possible that a blow to the face cause a deviated septum?

Certainly: The septum is comprised of several pieces of cartilage and bone. Each of these components can fracture and/or become displaced with a direct trauma, which could lead to a deviated septum. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Deviated Nasal Septum (Definition)

A nasal septum that is not straight. One that bends and can ...Read more