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Bad Breath

Bad breath, otherwise called halitosis, is not necessarily caused due to poor oral hygiene. Some food items, smoking, dry mouth, dental infections, ENT (ear, nose, throat) infections, acid reflux, not cleaning the tongue properly, etc., can also cause bad breath.

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I have feces-smelling breath, heartburn, and a small lump in my throat. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 31-year-old male that has had feces-smelling breath my entire adult life. My dentists say I have perfect teeth. When I swallow, I can feel a small lump in my throat. I took a picture of my throat and can see my epiglottis is visible. Several years ago, I had a barium swallow, and no...  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is not a lump. It is just a normal structure with some kind of small pimple. That can go away with the gargling. Try baking soda and salt gargle. The foul smell can be due to stomach problems. Just eat healthy and drink water before you take lunch or dinner. The...  Read Full »

Why do I have persistent bad breath despite maintaining good oral hygiene?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had extremely bad breath for the past seven years. People have moved away from me as they could not tolerate my bad breath. Finally, I consulted a dentist who told me I have no underlying dental conditions. I also have really good oral hygiene. I floss, brush twice daily, and us...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If there are no underlying dental conditions, the issue might be with your gastroenteric bacterial colonies causing this bad breath or your tonsils which may be infected. I suggest you consult an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeon to check whether you have tonsil st...  Read Full »

Please suggest a solution to control bad breath.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old male. When I talk to someone they said I have bad breath, and I brush and come back again. But I always clean my tongue properly. Most of the people whom I have talked about said I have bad breath.  Read Full »

Dr. Prabhakaran

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bad breath or halitosis is a common problem. There are a number of potential causes and treatments available. Simple home remedies, and lifestyle changes, such as improved dental hygiene and quitting smoking, can often remove the issue. The best method to reduce hali...  Read Full »

Why am I having bad breath even after maintaining oral hygiene?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an extremely embarrassing issue with bad breath. It is not your typical "bad breath". It smells like dog poop, I am so embarrassed to say that, but it is true. It smells terrible even after I brush. It has affected me my whole life. Over the years I have had people consiste...  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Sajid Shaikh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and yes it seems likely that this is a medical issue and not a dental one. Since this is a long standing issue, diabetes or kidney disease seems unlikely as you would definitely have had other symptoms too by now. You already suffer from IBS whic...  Read Full »

Despite good oral hygiene, why do I still have bad breath?

Query: Hello doctor, I notice I have bad breath no matter how well I maintain proper teeth hygiene. What can help me in this regard?  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to breath, also known as halitosis, can occur due to a number of causes like poor oral hygiene, oral and dental infections, postnasal drip, sinusitis, acid reflux, respiratory infections, diabetes, etc. You should consult an oral physician or an otolaryngologist and ge...  Read Full »

What is causing my bad breath, yellow teeth, and brown stains?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 19-year-old male, and I have been experiencing bad breath lately. Also, my teeth appear yellow, and I have noticed brown stains on my lower teeth. What could be causing this? I brush my teeth in the morning and occasionally twice a day. Is it possible that I am not brushing prope...  Read Full »

Dr. Sonal Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. There could be several reasons for having bad breath, and improper oral hygiene could be one of the factors. Regarding the stains on your teeth, periodic professional cleaning is necessary for proper maintenance ...  Read Full »

I have bad breath and taste in my mouth. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a persistent bad breath and bad taste in my mouth. I have excellent oral hygiene, and my dentist said my teeth and gums are all healthy. My doctor said that it could be sinus drainage, but I have dealt with this for years even when I have no drainage. It is ruining my personal life...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Did you get any CT scan of your sinuses done before to rule out sinusitis? Yes, sinusitis can cause such symptoms and to rule out that a CT scan is needed. Sinusitis also does nose block, headache, and post-nasal drip. So if you have any of these symptoms, then it can be ...  Read Full »

I have issues with body odor and bad breath. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have got a bit of an embarrassing question to ask. Lately, my wife has been mentioning that I seem to have some issues with body odor and bad breath. I am 41 and it is worrying me. I am not sure what is causing it or what I can do to fix it. I shower regularly and brush my teeth twic...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest you follow the below instructions: Maintain strict oral health. Do warm water saline gargles after meals. Avoid highly perfumed creams, oil, lotions, powder, soaps, or deodorants. Wear loose, cotton and comfortable cl...  Read Full »

I have foul smell in my mouth. What could be done?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been experiencing a foul smell in my mouth for a few years. This may be due to an unclean stomach. Please, can you prescribe me some medication to clean my stomach? Also, whatever I eat does not nourish my body. Can I know the reason?  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bad breath or halitosis most commonly originates from the oral cavity or nasal passages. Periodontal disease, caries, acute forms of gingivitis, poorly fitting dentures, oral abscess, tongue coating, and sinusitis are common causes. It can also originate from the ...  Read Full »

Why are my teeth yellow even though I brush them?

Query: Hello doctor, My teeth always get yellow in color, after brushing for two times a day. Also, my mouth stinks.  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There could be following reasons for yellowing of teeth. There could be yellow or brown layers of tartar at gumline that needs to be taken out so that your actual enamel can be seen. For it, you need to get your scaling done from the dentist and then do brushing twice a ...  Read Full »

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