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I have high blood pressure, ulcers and am diabetic. Does this have anything to do with my bad breath?

I have high blood pressure, ulcers and am diabetic. Does this have anything to do with my bad breath?

Diabetes & Ulcers: It may, diabetics are more susceptible to develop gum disease than the general population. Also, ulcers and other gut problems may cause bad breath. In addition, if you are taking medication to lower your blood pressure, you may be experiencing a slight to moderate xerostomia (dry mouth). Xerostomia increases the amount of bacterial growth causing in turn bad breath. Visit your dentist and md. ...Read more

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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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I have body odor & I can't get rid of bad breath I floss and brush & still don't work can it be my stomach or maybe a sign of diabetes I'm 240 pounds?

I have body odor & I can't get rid of bad breath I floss and brush & still don't work can it be my stomach or maybe a sign of diabetes I'm 240 pounds?

Several things: It's very hard to determine if these symptoms are all related. I would recommend you see both your internist and dentist The bad breath could be caused by dental decay, periodontitis, and /or stomach GI issues such as reflux. ...Read more

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How is halitosis diagnosed?

People tell you: Most of the time other people will tell you or offer you mints and gum a lot. You can't smell your own bad breath. Proper brushing and flossing daily and seeing the dentist every 6 months will go a long way toward curing your halitosis. You must floss to remove food debris and plaque, brush the tongue thoroughly. The tongue is like a carpet for bacteria to thrive on. Halitosis has multiple causes. ...Read more

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Are there any tests for halitosis?

Are there any tests for halitosis?

Yes, but not needed: Halitosis (bad breath) after certain foods or drinks occurs for several reasons. Chemicals from some foods/drinks diffuse into the flesh in the mouth and throat. These chemicals (odors) keep coming out into the breath for many hours. Some foods/drinks cause odors when in the stomach. Some substances stick to the teeth. Special tests for "gases" are not needed, as the odor is usually obvious. ...Read more

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Could 'chronic halitosis' be cured totally?

Could 'chronic halitosis' be cured totally?

Halitosis: The key to "curing" any chronic health issue is to determine the etiology of the problem. Halitosis may be caused by periodontal disease that should be treated by a good dentist and/or hygienist. In addition, halitosis can be caused by gastric issues that are unresolved, and sometimes by a persistent sinus infection or post-nasal drip. Make an appointment soon to determine the cause and remedy! ...Read more

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Is halitosis contagious?

Is halitosis contagious?

Depends on the cause: Depends upon what is the cause. Three common causes of halitosis that are not contagious: 1) sinus infection 2) stomach acids (heartburn) 3) improper brushing of teeth and tongue. Halitosis due to gingivitis or periodontitis is contagious. Avoid kissing and sharing utensils. Tip: parents should never share spoons and forks with toddlers because you could give them cavities. ...Read more

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What's the best cure for halitosis. ?

Depends on cause: There are many causes for bad breath, both of dental and medical origin. However, the biggest cause is simply poor oral hygiene. See the following website for more information and then start by seeing a dentist for some answers. Make sure you brush, floss and use a tongue scraper properly and regularly, & get a dental checkup. http://smilesapartcosmeticdentist.com/fresh-breath-control.htm. ...Read more

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How to treat halitosis that keeps recurring?

How to treat halitosis that keeps recurring?

Different ways: If halitosis is caused from plaque buildup and bacteria buildup in your mouth you need to use mouthwash that kills the bacteria, use a tongue scraper and brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. If the halitosis is caused from a lung condition or a gastrointestinal condition then you need to see your physician and find out why. ...Read more

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Docs, could 'chronic halitosis' be cured totally?

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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