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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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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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How is halitosis treated?

How is halitosis treated?

Source: Cavities and gum disease can cause bad odor; need to check with your dentist. ...Read more

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How is COPD diagnosed and treated?

How is COPD diagnosed and treated?

COPD...: COPD is diagnosed by clinical symptoms in conjunction with pulmonary function tests. Treatment usually consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Oxygen therapy is prescribed if the oxygen level is low. Smoking cessation is also essential to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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How is elephantiasis diagnosed?

How is elephantiasis diagnosed?

Blood test: Elephantiasis is a parasitic infection where tiny worms clog the bodies lymphatic ducts, causing massive swelling, deformity and disability. It is more common in less developed parts of the world. It is diagnosed by a combination of history, physical exam and, definitively, by identifying the worms in the blood. ...Read more

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How is fischer disease diagnosed and how is it treatment?

How is fischer disease diagnosed and how is it treatment?

Fissure: Are we talking about Anal fissure/ if that's the case then prevent constipation, avoid straining, drink enough water, consume enough fiber and use sitz bath (sit in the warm water couple of times a day). also you could ask your doctor for creams like Anusol. ...Read more

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How is COPD diagnosed?

How is COPD diagnosed?

PFT: A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd. X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important. ...Read more

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How is mesothelioma diagnosed?

How is mesothelioma diagnosed?

Imaging, blood tests: Mesothelioma is a disease caused by exposure to asbestos. It is typically diagnosed by various imaging studies (ct scan, chest x-ray) and biopsies. ...Read more

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How is dysphagia diagnosed?

How is dysphagia diagnosed?

Formal evaluation: A formal evaluation is necessary and referral to a speech language pathologist may be indicated. Test used to evaluate dysphagia include a video fluoroscopic swallowing study or a fiber optic endoscopic swallowing evaluation. These tests are not necessary in all cases. Consult your physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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How is pneumonia diagnosed?

How is pneumonia diagnosed?

Pneumonia can be: Diagnosed on many occasions simply via a thorough history, and physical examination. You can hear rales on examination of the lungs. On laboratory examinations the white count is often elevated. If there is a question the doctor may also order a chest xray. ...Read more

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How is berylliosis diagnosed?

How is berylliosis diagnosed?

Complex: The evaluation to see if beryllium exposure is producing illness is actually quite complex. It involves a number of specialized blood tests and may even require lavage specimens obtained during bronchoscopy. For starters, documentation of significant exposure to beryllium would be helpful. ...Read more

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How is gingivitis treated?

How is gingivitis treated?

Brush your gums : Most people brush their teeth but ignore their gums. Make sure to brush the gums on both sides of your teeth- even if they bleed. Floss at least 3 times a week to flush food and bacteria from your gums. Your gums may bleed - but that is okay. The gums will 'tighten up' in a couple of days of brushing. Visit your dentist every six months to make sure you are brushing and flossing correctly. ...Read more

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How is asthma diagnosed?

How is asthma diagnosed?

Lung testing.: Asthma involves inflammation, muscle spasm and mucus production in the airways. It is diagnosed by history, physical exam, and lung function testing. Patients often complain of chest tightness, wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath. It can occur in any age group, although it is the most common chronic illness in children. ...Read more

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How is trichoepithelioma diagnosed and treated?

How is trichoepithelioma diagnosed and treated?

Site and bx: The trichoepithelioma is for the most part cutaneous, arising as a single or as multiple tumors of hair follicule origin. They are most often seen on the face after puberty and are best handled by local surgical resection. Lasar therapy has been employed.. The tumors are small and firm. They usually increase in number with age,and are occassionaly confused with basal cell Ca. ...Read more

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How is mouth cancer diagnosed usually?

How is mouth cancer diagnosed usually?

Physical exam and: Biopsy. Oral cancers are generally mass lesions, that ulcerate and bleed. If suspected the lesion is excised or biopsied so that the affected tissue can be examined by a pathologist for diagnosis. ...Read more

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How is mono treated and diagnosed?

How is mono treated and diagnosed?

Often no treatment..: The diagnosis is often made based on your symptom patterns as well as lab/blood test which is easily done. Often, mono is mild and no specific treatment is needed. If you have splenic enlargement, avoid contact sports etc..Otherwise, it generally resolves without treatment. In very rare/severe case, u ay need hospital care, possible steroid etc... If you are concerned, consult doc.. Good luck.. ...Read more

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How is thalassemia diagnosed?

How is thalassemia diagnosed?

Blood tests: Thalassemia is diagnosed by blood tests: routine blood counts, hemoglobin electrophoresis to find out the types of hemoglobin one has in one's blood, and dna analysis to try to see if certain mutations are present. ...Read more

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How is cancer diagnosed?

How is cancer diagnosed?

: Either by some symptom (something unusual you feel or notice about yourself - i.e. Pain) or sign (something your doctor notices during an evaluation - i.e. Tenderness on exam) or through a screening test. We currently have approved screeing tests for cervical, breast, colon/rectal, and prostate cancers. ...Read more

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How is tetanus diagnosed?

How is tetanus diagnosed?

DiffIcult: History of injury, wound or after delivery is important. Pt has contractures of group of muscles like when smiling ironically ( sardonic smile), and contractures of limbs. Life-threatening neurologic syndrome characterized by tonic muscle spasms and hyperreflexiatetanus toxin can be detected in serum, confirming a clinical diagnosis. Samples should be collected before immunoglobulin treatment. ...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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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?

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 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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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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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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How is halitosis treated?

Source: Cavities and gum disease can cause bad odor; need to check with your dentist. ...Read more

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How do you cure halitosis?

Proper diagnosis/car: Proper diagnosis and care. Halitosis is caused by a myriad of factors, any one of which could be responsible. Here is a short list: periodontal disease, certain medications, diet, dental caries, poor oral hygiene and more. Your best first option is to get your teeth cleaned and have a thorough exam by a dentist. Discuss your concerns and he/she will recommend a proper course of tx for you. ...Read more

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Any tips for bad halitosis?

Many options: First make sure you are flossing your teeth daily and brushing your teeth and tongue twice daily. Go to your dentist to make sure you do not have gum disease and for a cleaning twice year. If you wear dentures, clean them daily. See your regular doctor for a physical and ensure you do not have lung, liver or kidney disease. If you smoke, quit. Stay hydrated, dry mouth can be a cause of halitosis. ...Read more

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How can one treat halitosis?

How can one treat halitosis?

Full mouth DETOX pro: The term "treat" may not apply to halitosis ( bad breath) as it is not desease , but condition caused by billions of odor- producing bacteria in your mouth. It is impossible to brush/floss/rinse 'em away! we have developed a method called bios (bio immersion oxydation system) to kill ( yes ! to kill ) those bacteria in your mouth- up to 99.98%. So - no bad bacteria- no bad breath! it works! ...Read more

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Can halitosis be hereditary?

Can halitosis be hereditary?

Not really : Halitosis most commonly a result 1) diet and certain foods 2) medication and illness but 3) the most common cause is bacteria build up on the back of the tongue. This is easily removed with a tongue scraper you can buy at any drug store. ...Read more

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What can be done for halitosis?

What can be done for halitosis?

Treat the cause: There are many causes of bad breath, both of dental and medical origin. Find the cause(s) and treat them and then maintain good oral hygiene. By far the most common cause is poor oral hygiene. See the following website for more information: http://www.Smilesapartcosmeticdentist.Com/fresh-breath-control.Htm. ...Read more

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What are the signs of halitosis?

What are the signs of halitosis?

People stay away :-(: 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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How can I treat halitosis at home?

How can I treat halitosis at home?

Treat??? You cannot!: Halitosis is not disease! so you cannot "treat" it. Halitosis ( bad breath) is a condition that is caused by millions of odor producing bacteria in your mouth. By eliminating (killing) those bacteria on daily basis , you will be free from halitosis . Many doctors on this forum recommend to brush and floss. It never works! you cannot kill bacteria by brushing/flossing/mouthwash. No2badbreath.Com. ...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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Any home remedies to mild halitosis?

Mouthwash could help: An over the counter mouth rinse could help as could better brushing and flossing. However, they only mask the problem. Some medical conditions can contribute, but most causes are dental. Start with the dentist, but you may need to see other medical remedies. ...Read more

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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 can I do for constant halitosis?

Check with dentist: Constant halitosis (bad breath) can be caused by a number of things: tooth decay gum disease poor oral hygiene (do you brush properly, do you floss, do you brush or clean your tongue). It can also be caused by your diet. It can also be a sign of a systemic disease. Check with your dentist. ...Read more

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Whats the best way to treat halitosis?

Full mouth detox: Halitosis is caused by bacterial by- products in your mouth, by reducing bacterial counts to almost zero will eliminate halitosis , brushing and flossing and even mouthwash will not do it, as you cannot reach all the places where bacteria hide in your mouth in 2-3 minutes ( when you conduct your morning teeth brushing ritual) . It is like comparing car wash vs car detailing... We use full detox. ...Read more

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What is the best way to cure halitosis?

What is the best way to cure halitosis?

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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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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