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Why does my breath still smell bad after a few hours, after i brush my teeth, floss and use an antiseptic mouth wash? Tell me solutions.

Why does my breath still smell bad after a few hours, after i brush my teeth, floss and use an antiseptic mouth wash? Tell me solutions.

See your dentist: In the majority of cases, the cause of bad breath, or halitosis, is the product of bacteria in the mouth. 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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When we have our breakfast after brushing our teeth in the morning, can we still have bad breath?

When we have our breakfast after brushing our teeth in the morning, can we still have bad breath?

Absolutely: It is better to brush after breakfast to remove food particles (from breakfast) by brushing and flossing. Bad breath may be related to food debris on your teeth or periodontal disease, untreated oral infections, sinus infections, etc. If it persists, i recommend you see your dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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My boyfriend brushes his teeth but his breath still smells horrible. What else can he do?

My boyfriend brushes his teeth but his breath still smells horrible. What else can he do?

He can be: Checked by his dentist to determine if he has areas of decay or gingivitis. He can see his doctor to see if he has malodorous sinus drainage or problems like gerd that can cause bad breath. Does he brush twice a day, floss ; use mouth wash? ...Read more

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What causes bad breath and how can one prevent from getting such repulsive smelling breath? When one brushes there teeth in the morning and evening, it is still smelly forhalf a day.

What causes bad breath and how can one prevent from getting such repulsive smelling breath? When one brushes there teeth in the morning and evening, it is still smelly forhalf a day.

Bad breath: Check with your dentist to make sure you have no untreated gum disease or decay. In addition to brushing and flossing, you should also clean your tongue by either brushing it or using a tongue scraper. The tongue harbors food debris and bacteria that can cause bad breath. Bad breath can also be the result of diet, acid reflux, and stomach/intestinal problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Although i brush my teeth every day i still have bad breath. Any way i can fix this issue?

Although i brush my teeth every day i still have bad breath. Any way i can fix this issue?

Determine Cause: Brushing alone may not be the answer. Cavities, periodontal problems, acid reflux, diet, and sinus infections can all contribute to halitosis. Please call your dentist for an examination and take it from there. ...Read more

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I brush my teeth 2x daily for two mins.. But still end up with bad breath, when i wake in the am. Or tords the afternoon.. How can I prevent it?

I brush my teeth 2x daily for two mins.. But still end up with bad breath, when i wake in the am. Or tords the afternoon.. How can I prevent it?

Get a dental checkup: Visit your dentist.You may be brushing well however there can beat tartar present on teeth which ouare not able to brush off or build up under the gums or therecould be cavities causing bad breath ..Visit your dentist so can get the cause of bad breath treated. ...Read more

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I brush my teeth several times a day and i also use mouthwash, but sometimes my breath is still bad. Can you please help me.

I brush my teeth several times a day and i also use mouthwash, but sometimes my breath is still bad. Can you please help me.

Many causes...: Bad breath or halitosis, can have several causes, and it is sometimes multi-factorial. Accumulation of plaque ; tartar in between ; behind the teeth, ; presence of cavities are common causes. Also, many people have more accumulation of germs and debris on top surface of their tongue (to be brushed daily too). Others:presences of "post nasal drainage", acid reflux/ digestive problems ; some foods. ...Read more

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I brush and floss my teeth twice daily and use listerine. However, my breath is still very bad. Are there any home remedies?

I brush and floss my teeth twice daily and use listerine. However, my breath is still very bad. Are there any home remedies?

See Your Dentist: If in fact you brush and floss effectively twice daily and are still having odor issues, it is time to seek professional help. Schedule a visit with your dentist. There are other non oral related health issues that can cause mouth odor such as tonsil debris and stomach issues. Rule out any dental problems first and then be sure no other health issues are a factor. You are doing all home remedies. ...Read more

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