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What does it mean when your breath smells like moth balls?

What does it mean when your breath smells like moth balls?

Plaque bacteria: Most bad breath comes from bacteria in your mouth. Have you had your teeth cleaned recently? You need to brush your teeth, floss and clean your tongue, and see a dentist regularly. Periodontal disease will cause bad breath. If your mouth is clean and healthy then see md. Medical causes could be diabetes, acid reflux, gerd, allergies, post nasal drip. ...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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My niece says my breath smells like moth balls I've just recently had a cleaning with no cavities or gum disease. What should I do? I

Simple solution: Halitosis even after brushing needs a powerful help. You can brush and floss and still have a bad breath. 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 does it mean when your breath smells like eggs?

What does it mean when your breath smells like eggs?

Many possible reason: Smelly breath x
can be caused by gum problems, tooth decay, food retention, stomach problems, sinus infection
so have it checked out. ...Read more

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My 9 year olds breath smells like urine. What could this mean?

My 9 year olds breath smells like urine. What could this mean?

See ENT Specialist: He needs to be thoroughly examined by an ENT specialist to check for chronic sinusitis and gum disease. If he truly has "urine" like smell then he must have blood test done to check kidney function. Uremia causes such body odor. ...Read more

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Does it mean I have diabetes if my breath smells like urine?

Does it mean I have diabetes if my breath smells like urine?

Possible: It's possible but this is not a reliable way to diagnose diabetes. I recommend seeing your doctor and get a blood test done to figure this out the correct way. ...Read more

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My 8 yr old daughters breath smells like urine. What could this mean?

My 8 yr old daughters breath smells like urine. What could this mean?

Needs evaluation: It means that something's out of balance. Start with Dentist to evaluate for infection. Then see Physician to evaluate for systemic problem. Please call now. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a person's breath smells like broccoli every day; even after brushing their teeth?

What does it mean when a person's breath smells like broccoli every day; even after brushing their teeth?

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 to do if I am feeling like I have bad breath. I was diagnosedbad. Does this 100% mean by breath is bad and people can smell it?

Simple solution: 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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My baby breath smells like vinegar. What does this indicate?

Vinegar smell: Check with his/her pediatrician for workup to rule out metabolic/endocrine abnormality, such as diabetes, especially if it runs in the family. ...Read more

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Why is it when I kiss someone my breath smells like theirs for months afterward?

Halitosis/Bad Breath: It has been recommended that there is an enhange of bacteria when kissing someone. If that individual has halitosis or "bad breath", it is reasonable to assume a transfer of this bacteria. It is recommended to see a dentist to have this evaluated if the symptoms persist. ...Read more

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My 4yr old son has been eating alot more lately and today his breath smells like onions to me. What could cause it.

Gas: As we eat more foods sometimes the combos can produce different odors from gas Also makes sure you brush teeth regularly ...Read more

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My 3 month sons breath smells like feces. Should I be concerned??

My 3 month sons breath smells like feces. Should I be concerned??

Fecal breath: I certainly would have your child checked out by your doctor or a pediatric gastroenterologist ...Read more

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Why is it that my husband's breath smells like poop?

Gum infection: It is quite possible that your husband has gingivitis or periodontitis. I would recommend a consultation with a dentist or periodontist. If his gums and supporting structures of the teeth are healthy, one might consider seeing a physician to rule out gastric, adenoid or respiratory issues. ...Read more

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My toddlers breath smells like sick, but he is behaving and eating normally. Is there anything wrong with him or is this normal?

Ok: Toddlers typically have sweet breath. Bad breath in this age is unusual. I worry about things like dental disease, tonsils or sinus disease. Kids don't have much in the way of sinuses but they do have some. I've even had patients with bad breath who had a bead and a bean stuck in the nose unknown to the parent. Chronic colds and dental disease are the most common reasons in my experience. ...Read more

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My sons breath smells like poo?

My sons breath smells like poo?

Bad breath: There are so many questions we would need to ask and many possible causes. Therefore I suggest you start with a visit to the dentist for an exam. If necessary your dentist may suggest a medical evaluation as well. ...Read more

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My breath smells like its fruity, is there any way I could clean my esophagus?

My breath smells like its fruity, is there any way I could clean my esophagus?

Not from esophagus: It could be a metobolic byproduct or from the mouth / sinuses. But it is not from the esophagus or stomach. ...Read more

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My babies breath smells like poop and she is constipated could she have hirschsprungs disease?

My babies breath smells like poop and she is constipated could she have hirschsprungs disease?

Consult: 1) http://children.Webmd. Com/tc/hirschsprungs-disease-topic-overview
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2) http://www. Childrenshospital. Org/az/site1040/mainpages1040p0.Html. ...Read more

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Why am I so self conscious of how my breath smells?

Breath smells: Many causes of smelly breath from foods to gastric upset to gum disease. Please see your dentist for a check up and then your MD if it does not get better. ...Read more

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My breath smells really bad in the morning. How can I prevent this?

Brush at night: Brush your teeth before going to bed and scrape/brush your tongue. If this doesn't help, see your dentist for a comprehensive dental examination. ...Read more

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Whenever I wake up, even from a short evening nap, my breath smells bad. What causes this?

Decreased saliva: You have reduced salivary production and flow when you sleep and saliva has some anti bacterial agents. So while you sleep, bacteria are growing and producing the bad odor. ...Read more

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Breath smells like faeces.

Breath smells like faeces.

Several conditions: Several conditions in the mouth can cause halitosis (bad breath), such as gum disease, dental infections, poor dental hygiene, tonsil infections, multiple oral ulcers, etc... In children (or sometimes adults), if constipation is severe, the stool can be backed up so far that there are fecal odors coming out the mouth... so an exam is needed to see what is going on. ...Read more

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My 2 year olds breath smells like vomit all the time, what could be causing this?

Reflux: Without other details, we can't be sure. He could be spitting up in his mouth. Another reason for the smell is post nasal drip: if he has nasal allergy and produces mucus in his nose, it could drip to the back of the throat and cause the breath to be foul. Take him to the doctor to have this sorted out. ...Read more

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I have acid reflux frequently. Lately I suspect it's the cause of why my wife says my breath "smells like salami". Should I be concerned?

I have acid reflux frequently. Lately I suspect it's the cause of why my wife says my breath "smells like salami". Should I be concerned?

Reflux, GERD: Due to the adage "Happy wife, happy life, " if your wife doesn't like salami there is cause for concern. However, more important is that about 10% of patients with frequent heartburn develop Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous condition. Most often it occurs in middle aged white men, but anyone can get it. You should see your doctor to see what treatments or tests (endoscopy) might be needed. ...Read more

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I feel people avoid me because my breath smells or I smell even though I don't?

First things first: Visit your dentist and your primary care for evaluation to ensure you really don't have bad breath or body odor. Believing that people avoid you because you smell bad may also be a sign of an underlying emotional problem that might require evaluation and treatment by a mental health professional. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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My kids' breath smells unbearable! What are some home remedies to cure this problem?

My kids' breath smells unbearable! What are some home remedies to cure this problem?

Clean tongue: With a tongue cleaner or toothbrush but I would check with a pediatrician and dentist to make sure there is nothing serious going on. Bad breath can be the sign of other illness. ...Read more

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Since my son got his braces his breath smells. Why?

Hygiene with braces: Bad breath is usually due to the presence of bacteria. Your son needs to floss with special threaders and brush after eating to get rid of the food debris that gets caught in the wires and brackets. Regular rinsing will also help. ...Read more

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What to do if my hubby not smoking, but breath smells, could it be sinus?

What to do if my hubby not smoking, but breath smells, could it be sinus?

Examination: Halitosos can be caused b y a number of different things, including diet, acid reflux, periodontal problems, and carious lesions.

You assume because you brush and floss that that is enough. It is not. Visit your dentist to rule out any dental problems, and then your physician for everything else. ...Read more

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I have sinus problems and my breath smells really bad it's unbearable. What can I use to make the smell go away?

Resolve issues: Consult with your physician or an ENT as to what should be done to resolve your sinus issues and your halitosis should abate. ...Read more

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Oh also someone says the way your breath smells u can detect strep? Should I be worried getting every six months so it's twice a school yr.

Halitosis, bad breath: Also called Halitosis and is caused from poor dental health, and may be a sign of other health problems. Also the type of food you eat or other factors like smoking can effect your breath. Rec.: see an oral medicine (dentist-specialist) to determine the cause of the problem and proper treatment. Many options and cures are available. You cannot detect strep by the bad breath. ...Read more

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Why does my breath smells and I burp all the time?

Why does my breath smells and I burp all the time?

Could be reflux: You might be having a problem with reflux (gerd). Try cutting back caffeine (coffee, tea, soda), avoiding lying down for 1-2 hrs after eating, limiting mints, mint gum, citrus items. Monitor your diet to see if you can see a connection between food (s) you're eating and your symptoms and then limit those items. If these things aren't helping, see your doctor. ...Read more