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Is benzethonium chloride a safe mouthwash to use to kill chronic bad breath caused by tonsil stones?

Is benzethonium chloride a safe mouthwash to use to kill chronic bad breath caused by tonsil stones?

Probably not: That compound usually isn't used as a mouthwash, and if the bad breath is indeed caused by tonsil stones (tonsilliths), it probably won't work. See your local ent. If your bad breath is due to chronic tonsilliths, tonsillectomy may be the best answer. ...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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What can cause bad breath from the throat, other then tonsil stones?

What can cause bad breath from the throat, other then tonsil stones?

Sinus, teeth, strep: Bacterial or viral throat infections, dental problems, sinus infection can cause bad breath. Dietary aromatics, like onions, garlic get exhaled through lungs, lung infections, occasional gut issues too. ...Read more

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Can I have chronic tonsillitis in one tonsil if I have deep crypts but no tonsil stones but have really bad breath and only 1 swollen tonsil?

Yes, it is possible.: It is possible to have only one swollen tonsil, but it should not be so bug that it is blocking tour throat or airway. Just because there are no tonsil stones doesn't mean there is nothing wrong. If you haven't already, please go see an ENT to make sure there is nothing wrong. ...Read more

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I need to know if eating dairy when you have a tonsillitis infection will cause tonsil stones - hard bumps in tonsil crypts that cause bad breath?

I need to know if eating dairy when you have a tonsillitis infection will cause tonsil stones - hard bumps in tonsil crypts that cause bad breath?

Tonsil stones: Tonsil stones can cause bad breath. But they are not typically caused by dairy products. The white spots may be from a strep infection. If you have not seen a doctor yet, you should. Rinsing with war salt water will help a sore throat and reduce tonsil stones ...Read more

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16 yr old has chronic bad breath. Dentists say not teeth/gums. Read about tonsil stones. It looks like she has 1. Should I take her to dr? Any info?

16 yr old has chronic bad breath. Dentists say not teeth/gums. Read about tonsil stones. It looks like she has 1. Should I take her to dr? Any info?

See ENT: By all means see ear/nose/throat specialist. Also see dentist as flossing and/or water pik daily to clean between teeth, where toothbrush can't reach, and/or using tongue scraper, may help. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has bad breath and little white things in back of his throat. Could these be the tonsil stones, and what do we do about it?

My boyfriend has bad breath and little white things in back of his throat. Could these be the tonsil stones, and what do we do about it?

See the doctor: There are many things that can cause halitosis, and since this appears to be a change in the way his breath usually smells, and because of the whiteness that you see in the back of the throat, he should see his doctor to be evaluated. Although these are not likely to be tonsil stones, they do need to be evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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I cannot see white round collections in my tonsil but I do have bad breath. Is is possible that I have tonsil stones even I cannot see them?

I cannot see white round collections in my tonsil but I do have bad breath. Is is possible that I have tonsil stones even I cannot see them?

Not likely: There is probably another cause of your bad breath. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, sugar, processed foods. Eat fresh vegetables, fruit, try raw apple cider vinegar mixed with olive oil as a salad dressing, or use other fermented food, or take a good probiotics. Diluted unsweetened crenberry juice can lift the bio-film in the mouth that could be causing white tongue and bad breath. ...Read more

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Three months back I had surgery to remove my tonsil stones to cure bad breath issue which I'm suffering from past 8 yrs, bad breath is still there.

Other causes?: Seen dentist, cleared sinuses, stomach, lungs, excluded foods, tobacco, meds, dry mouth, as causes? Floss, brush, teeth, tongue? Follow up with doc. ...Read more

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When I blow my nose I have a foul smell like bad breath. I've had tonsil stones is this what it is? Plus very congested...

Acute sinusitis: A sinus infection may also have a cough, sore throat, toothache, fever and bad breath. Neti-pot Saline irrigation, plenty of water, expectorants and NSAIDs for pain are good home remedies to drain the sinuses and alleviate the condition. ...Read more

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18 y/o bad breath; have GERD and tonsil stones, doctors say tonsils are too small to remove, what are some ways to reduce halitosis?

Bad breath: Maintain regular dental visits. Brush and floss thoroughly at least twice a day. Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or toothbrush...See your dentist or dental hygienist for proper technique.
Control your gerd with diet.
Gargle with mouthwash to try and flush debris from the tonsil areas. ...Read more

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I have a bad breath and get stinky tonsil stones all the time. Should I get my tonsil removed to be free from this problem.

I have a bad breath and get stinky tonsil stones all the time. Should I get my tonsil removed to be free from this problem.

Maybe cause: But see a dentist if you have not had your teeth thoroughly cleaned in the past 4-6 months. Periodontal disease (gum disease) does cause bad breath. Also you need to be on a meticulous oral hygiene program: oral b electric toothbrush, floss, interdental stimulator (rotapoints or stimudents) and tongue scraper as the back of the tongue holds some "stinky" debris. ...Read more

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Tonsil stones, white stuff on tonsils, my tonsils are swollen, but they don't hurt very much and bad breath I haven't been with anyone in 5 months hlp?

Tonsil stones: The stones may dislodge by themselves, or by rinsing/gargling with salt water. However, stones are common with people who have chronic tonsillitis, so you should check with an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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I have tonsil stones, bad breath and choking, what to do?

ENT: You need and ear, nose and throat doctor. They can remove the stones, it is easy and should be painless. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between tonsil stones, bad breath and persistent globus sensation? (The globus is not bc of swollen tonsils etc- it is deeper).

Is there a connection between tonsil stones, bad breath and persistent globus sensation? (The globus is not bc of swollen tonsils etc- it is deeper).

Perhaps: Please see your Dentist to rule out a dental cause for your ad breath. Please see ENT to evaluate tonsils (which may be cause of bad breath) and to try to determine why you have what you describe as a globes sensation (something swollen in throat). You need these two different physical examinations to diagnose your problem. ...Read more

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What's a natural treatment for tonsil stones and my bad breath?

Irrigate with saline: Be careful you don't aspirate one into your lung if you are irrigating your tonsils. ...Read more

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Right tonsil swollen for months. No sore throat or any sick symptoms. 500 mg naproxen x2 a day did nothing at all. Mucus bad breath and tonsil stones?

Right tonsil swollen for months. No sore throat or any sick symptoms. 500 mg naproxen x2 a day did nothing at all. Mucus bad breath and tonsil stones?

ENT.: Chronic conditions like yours, should be evaluated by the specialist ENT doctor. Most probably you will have to take antibiotics. ...Read more

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Brush teeth 2-3times/day, use mouthwash occasionally but do sometimes have bad breath, especially when mouth is dry. I still take enough fluids. Help!

Gingivitis: Bad breath can be a sign that you already have, gum disease. The bacteria and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked professionally by a dentist. The good news is that this condition is curable. Call your dentist today! ...Read more

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I floss, brush my teeth twice, use mouth wash & yet I have a bad breath. How can I avoid this once & for all? It's embarrassing. Thank you

I floss, brush my teeth twice, use mouth wash & yet I have a bad breath. How can I avoid this once & for all? It's embarrassing. Thank you

Flora: You may also have a balance of odor causing bacteria in your mouth. Some of us have the cavity causing bacteria in our mouths and others gum disease causing. All this to say that if you are brushing your tongue way deep and are as religious as you say concerning your oral hygiene you may just be an unlucky soul. My kids keep their mouths very clean but still have halitosis. Natural oils may help. ...Read more

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Since becoming pregnant I have had bad breath. I brush over 10 times a day, use mouth wash and have mints on hand. And now have a bloodclot in my mouth?

Pregnancy Gingivitis: When is the last time you had a good, professional dental cleaning? Start with that (yes, it's ok to see your dentist even if you are pregnant). You may have calculus buildup which is irritating your gums, causing bleeding as well as halitosis. Explains blood clot and bad breath. All the mouthwash, mints, and brushing in the world will not solve your issues. ...Read more

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I'm 17 years old and have been struggling with bad breath for years. I brush my teeth night and day and use the right mouth wash. I also have been scraping my tongue because I thought that was the root of my bad breath problem but it doesn't work. My tong

Halitosis: Halitosis can be caused by many things, including cavities, periodontal problems, acid reflux, sinus infections, and diet. Since you've had this problem for years, the question is have you seen your physician and dentist to be evaluated? If not, now is the time for consults. Please make the calls. ...Read more

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How to kill bad breath besides brushing, floss, and using mouthwash?

Ck sinus and throat: Odors also come from the sinus and throat. Even if u clean and have gum disease there can still be odor. Some diets can have lingering odors. Garlic can last for days. ...Read more

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Why do I continue to have bad breath? Seems like mouthwash makes my mouth dry. My permanent bridges each on both side of my mouth are over 25 years old and my dentist says that at least one should be replaced.

Why do I continue to have bad breath? Seems like mouthwash makes my mouth dry. My permanent bridges each on both side of my mouth are over 25 years old and my dentist says that at least one should be replaced.

Lots of reasons: Causes of bad breath are many, could come from the oral cavity, gastric or max. Sinuses.
In your case the cause probably is the oral cavity, since you have two old fixed bridges on both sides, changing them is optional, checking for recurrent decay or gum inflammation under or around them through periodic recall visits to your dentist, and maintaining good oral hygiene is a must. ...Read more

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Some doctors say I need a tonsillectomy, some say no. I've had tonsil stones for over a year with bad breath and many sore throats. Surgery? Pros/cons

Some doctors say I need a tonsillectomy, some say no. I've had tonsil stones for over a year with bad breath and many sore throats. Surgery? Pros/cons

2 treatments: There are 2 main schools of thoughts of treatments. Conservative treatment; salt water gargles, extraction of stones manually, and treatment of infections. Surgical; gets rid of the conservative treatments but has the added risk of bleeding. At some point you will need to make the choice. ...Read more

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Dry mouth/bad breath from anti-anxiety meds. Tried "dry mouth" toothpaste and mouthwash. Lemon water. Gum doesn't work long at all. No luck. Help?

Dry mouth/bad breath from anti-anxiety meds. Tried "dry mouth" toothpaste and mouthwash. Lemon water. Gum doesn't work long at all. No luck. Help?

Dry mouth: Older (tricylic) antidepressants used for depression and anxiety commonly cause dry mouth. But SSRI, MAOI type medications and most of the short-acting anti-anxiety medications are not known to cause dry mouth/bad breath. Discuss alternate med with prescribing doctor. You may also benefit from a dental exam to make sure there is no other condition causing dry mouth/bad breath. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of bad breath even after brushing my teeth and using mouth wash?

Wrong assumption: Your problem may be caused by cavities, acid reflux, gum disease, or diet... All the mouthwash and brushing in the world will not solve your problem, only mask it for 5 minutes. Seek the help of a local dentist and physician who can examine you and determine the cause. ...Read more

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I have bad breath at the morning even if I brush twice a day and gargle mouth wash, does blocked nose affect this? Coz mostly I have blocked nose

See a dentist: In the majority of cases, the cause of bad breath, 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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Hiya. Tonsil stones. Tried manual pus removal and salt water/mouthwash gargles but my tonsil is still very swollen and producing pus. What can I do?

Hiya. Tonsil stones. Tried manual pus removal and salt water/mouthwash gargles but my tonsil is still very swollen and producing pus. What can I do?

Pressure wash: Try a water pik ("water flosser") to pressure wash out the tonsils. It generally helps. If not, you may need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is Grapefruit seed extract without benzethonium chloride and no synthetic preservatives safe during pregnancy?

Is Grapefruit seed extract without benzethonium chloride and no synthetic preservatives safe during pregnancy?

No clinical trials: There aren't any clinical trials showing that grapefruit seed extract is safe in pregnancy, so its difficult to know for sure. Some seeds of fruits are dangerous though. For example apple seeds contain small amounts of the poison cyanide. ...Read more

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Does tonsil stone cause white tongue? And white tongue cause bad breath?

Possibly: White tongue may be a buildup of bacteria on your tongue. The waste from the bacteria can cause bad breath. ...Read more

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What is the best kind of mouthwash to use to prevent bad breath? I have chronic sinusitis so this may be a factor in the smell of my breath.

What is the best kind of mouthwash to use to prevent bad breath? I have chronic sinusitis so this may be a factor in the smell of my breath.

Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs mulitply. It is found in a nasal spray called xlear (pronounced "clear") and in chewing gum called spry. Pleasant tasting too! ...Read more

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Is the antiseptic benzethonium chloride found is most vaginal powders harmful to vagina or reproductive organs?

Is the antiseptic benzethonium chloride found is most vaginal powders harmful to vagina or reproductive organs?

Should be safe: If the powder is formulated to be a vaginal powder, it has a safe concentration of the substance. Now, with the caveat that anyone can be allergic to anything, overall benzethonium chloride is a very safe topical antiseptic. If you develop an irritant dermatitis, then just stop the use. ...Read more

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I have my tonsil stone removed but still bad breath persist, what's the best thing for gargling beside salt water?

I have my tonsil stone removed but still bad breath persist, what's the best thing for gargling beside salt water?

See your dentist: You may want to schedule an appointment with your dentist and have your teeth cleaned. This is the most common reason for bad breath. ...Read more

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Really bad breath because of my tonsils I have a lot of tonsils stones I don't know how to get rid of the smell brushing teeth and mints not helping?

Prevention is key: To prevent bad breath and tonsil stones in the future, you must use dental floss, oxygenating toothpaste and mouthwash and a tongue cleaner to effectively neutralize the anaerobic bacteria from the very back of the tongue. This procedure three times a day will prevent tonsil stones from forming again. ...Read more

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What medication like peniciiin can I use for tonsil stones or to kill bacteria?

What medication like peniciiin can I use for tonsil stones or to kill bacteria?

None: Tonsil stones are usually not a sign of infection and won't likely respond to antibiotics. My patients usually will do something like use a water pick or qtip to work them out. The only way to prevent them is to remove your tonsils. ...Read more

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How to get rid of bad breath I have had this problem for years I went to dentist and she told me to brush more and use mouthwash and floss?

How to get rid of bad breath I have had this problem for years I went to dentist and she told me to brush more and use mouthwash and floss?

Possible MD eval: After a complete full mouth series of radiographs and a complete periodontal examination has turned up nothing, see your MD to check for any systemic issues. ...Read more

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Have bad breath dentist say my oral hygiene is good and I don't have any cavities. I brush floss use mouthwash dentist are no help I am embarrassed?

Bad Breath: For some basic information see: http://smilesapartcosmeticdentist. Com/fresh-breath-control. Htm and then if necessary ask your own dentist for some further guidance. ...Read more

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I clean my teeth every day use mouthwash and floss regularly but I've got really bad breath all the time why is this?

I clean my teeth every day use mouthwash and floss regularly but I've got really bad breath all the time why is this?

Bad breath: Brush and floss. Clean your tongue either with a toothbrush or a tongue cleaner. Check with your dentist for unrestored decay or any mouth or throat infections.
Other causes of bad breath are acid reflux, infected tonsils, diet, smoking, systemic disease.
Talk to your dentist for suggestions to resolve the bad breath. ...Read more

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I have problems with bad breath all the time and I sometimes I brush my teeth and use mouthwash but it seems like the bad breath keeps going back.?

Sometimes?: Bad breath usually caused by sulfur producing bacteria. Need to first of all make sure mouth is healthy, see your Dentist for exam and professional cleaning, Make sure teeth, gums, throat, mouth, absolutely healthy. Need to brush 2x/day EVERY day for 2 full minutes. MUST floss daily and brush top of tongue. See MD to check for GERD, diabetes, etc. Mouthwash ineffective. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Tonsil Stones (Definition)

Tonsil stones are white or yellow globs of foul-smelling mucus and bacteria that collect in the tonsils near the back of the throat. Tonsil stones are not dangerous, but ...Read more


Dr. Leonard Stein
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Chloride (Definition)

Chloride is a negatively charged ion of chlorine found in cells and serum. Chloride is the main ion which balances out the positively charged ions ...Read more