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How is halitosis diagnosed?

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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Dr. Greg Rubin
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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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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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How to get rid of halitosis?

How to get rid of halitosis?

See a dentist: In the majority of cases, the cause of bad breath (nose and throat/mouth), 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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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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What are ways to get rid of halitosis?

What are ways to get rid of halitosis?

Determine the cause: Then start care. Your halitosis may be coming from periodontal problems, cavities, infections, or acid reflux. Once the cause is determined then treatment can be instituted. ...Read more

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How can a person get rid off halitosis?

How can a person get rid off halitosis?

Find cause: If from poor oral hygiene than see a dentist-if from ethnic foods stop or brush and rinse after eating.If from acid reflux medications and decrease in caffeine products are indicated. ...Read more

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How long does halitosis treatment take?

Depends on the cause: Halitosis has multiple causes and therefore multiple treatments. If it is caused by poor dentition (bad teeth) treatment can take a while until the teeth and gums are healthy. If its from infected tonsils it could be short with just antibiotics or longer requiring tonsillectomy. If its from reflux (stomach juice coming up) it requires diet, lifestyle modification and medication. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics used to treat halitosis?

Are antibiotics used to treat halitosis?

Yes: Halitosis is caused by odor producing bacteria, so the answer to your question is yes, we use antibiotics, both locally and systemically to treat bacteria and eliminate halitosis. ...Read more

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What foods and drinks prevent halitosis?

What foods and drinks prevent halitosis?

Prevent halitosis: In general, eat a healthy, balanced diet and regular meals. A serving of yogurt per day is helpful to prevent halitosis, as are carrots, apples, celery, melons, berries and citrus fruits. Herbs such as cardamom, rosemary, eucalyptus, coriander can be steeped in a tea or chewed on fresh. Parsley works as well. ...Read more

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Como solucionar un problema grave de halitosis?

Visita tu dentista.: La causa mas común de el mal aliento es la cavidad oral o boca. Caries, gingivitis, periodontitis (enfermedad de las encías), son algunas de las causas mas comunes. Saca una cita con un dentista para que te haga un examen completo. Otras causas de halitosis pueden ser sinusitis, problemas con la garganta y o el estomago. ...Read more

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Is any proper and permanent remedy of halitosis or bad breath?

Is any proper and permanent remedy of halitosis or bad breath?

Find cause: Hallitosis can be a disheartening issue for many. To answer whether there is permanent remedy is impossible if the cause of it is unknown. The most common causes of halitosis are gastroesophageal reflux, chronic pharyngitis/rhinitis, poor dentition and poor oral hygiene, but in most cases it is unknown. It appears to change a lot in most people (some days you have it and then it goes away). ...Read more

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Should i take chlorophyll once a day to combat chronic halitosis?

Better choices: There are more effective ways to treat halitosis. It usually comes from the mouth and can be an indication of gum disease or it may be helped by scrapping your tongue. If you have not done so, see a dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I just want to know if there is any strong toothpastes or mouthwashes that i could use for halitosis?

I just want to know if there is any strong toothpastes or mouthwashes that i could use for halitosis?

Oral hygiene: You don't need a stronger toothpaste or mouthwash. You need to work with your dentist, mechanically remove bacteria from your mouth by brushing, flossing and cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper or brush. Xylitol gum or mints will help remove some bacteria. ...Read more

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