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

Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
This is very good advice. Dr. Bowman has given you a great answer -- some ENT folks can resurface the tonsils with a laser to prevent tonsil stones, or if you're very adventurous, you can learn to remove tonsilloliths yourself. Good luck.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bad idea
I instead of trying to mask your bodies cry for help, go see an otolaryngologist (ear, nose & throat specialist).
Get the problem fixed.

In brief: Bad idea
I instead of trying to mask your bodies cry for help, go see an otolaryngologist (ear, nose & throat specialist).
Get the problem fixed.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry
In brief: Probably not.
It is safe, but it doesn't get down to the tonsils.

In brief: Probably not.
It is safe, but it doesn't get down to the tonsils.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
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Dr. Greg Rubin
Dentistry
In brief: Yes
Benzethonium chloride is a manufactured chemical used in detergents, deodorants, astringents, topical antiseptics, cold sterilization techniques and spermicides.
It also kills mrsa. So theoretically it should work, but contact with oral mucosa will cause dryness and irritation, this may not be a good solution for the long run.

In brief: Yes
Benzethonium chloride is a manufactured chemical used in detergents, deodorants, astringents, topical antiseptics, cold sterilization techniques and spermicides.
It also kills mrsa. So theoretically it should work, but contact with oral mucosa will cause dryness and irritation, this may not be a good solution for the long run.
Dr. Greg Rubin
Dr. Greg Rubin
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