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

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

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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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