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 had bad breath for more than a year and it ruined my relationship with my friends. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had bad breath for more than a year. I have tried every solution, including mouthwashes, flosses, tongue scrapers, and every other thing the dentist told me, but it did not go away. The smell is significantly worse in my last molar and back of my tongue. This bad breath ruined my...  Read Full »

Dr. Raghu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Bad breath can be caused due to multiple reasons. It can be due to dental conditions like dental caries, periodontitis, or oral ulcers, and systemic conditions like stomach ulcer, tonsillitis, cold, GERD (gastroesophageal...  Read Full »

What can be the cause of bad breath despite brushing twice a day?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old female. My question is about oral health. In spite of brushing my teeth twice a day, I have bad breath. Please tell me why.  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Arora

Answer: Hello, Welcome to  Bad breath, also known as halitosis can occur due to many reasons like poor oral hygiene, post-nasal drip, sinusitis, acid reflux, respiratory infections, diabetes, etc. I suggest you consult a dentist and get evaluated. Thorough clinical evaluation and investigat...  Read Full »

How to treat bad breath permanently?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from bad breath. Bad smell prevails after I brush my teeth or clean my tongue. I want to get rid of it. Is there any permanent solution?  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Bad breath can be due to many reasons. One of the most common reasons is poor oral hygiene. Despite brushing well, there is some deposit of tartar (calculus) and plaque over a period. You should get a regular clean up (scaling - once a year) done by a dentist. Another com...  Read Full »

How to get rid of my bad breath caused by a dental crown?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had bad breath for more than a year. I could sense the foul odor from one of the artificial crown. I am afraid of getting near someone as the odor is too foul. I have had numerous crown restorations in the past ten years. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, and I shall try my best to resolve your issue. Are you sure that the foul odor is from a single crown and not from the entire oral cavity? I saw the picture attached; the gum color has faded (attachments removed to protect the pat...  Read Full »

Is it fine to visit a dentist for bad breath, drooling, etc., during the pandemic?

Query: Hi doctor,I needed to consult if I could get treatment at home or visit the clinic because I am still not vaccinated. Last year while chewing gum, all of a sudden, it stuck in one tooth. It was unbearable pain with bleeding. I thought I would visit the doctor once the COVID is over. But it has been ...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I suggest you personally not visit any dental clinic right now. It is not something we call an emergency. You can wait till the COVID wave is over. For bad smell and other issues which you have mentioned I recommend you: 1) Mouth wash Chlorohexidine, rinse mouth...  Read Full »

I have asthma, with a foul smell coming from my nose and throat. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have allergic asthma and nasal polyp since the past year. I have seasonal asthma since my childhood, and during an endoscopy, they found a 7 mm polyp at the GE junction, which is benign. I am feeling fatigue, and some foul smell is coming from my throat and nose. My recent bloo...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to the According to the history provided, you are having asthma and acid reflux disease. To cure asthma, I suggest using Salmeterol and steroid combination inhaler. Here steroid component can lead to throat irritation and secondary throat infection, for example, candidiasis ...  Read Full »

Do bad breath, constipation, and blurring of vision indicate parasitic infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am currently on medications for allergic bronchial asthma since last year, having on and off flare-ups of recurrent cold infections. I took oral steroids for a short period (five to seven days Wysolone 10 mg once daily). I consulted an ENT specialist yesterday, and the doctor asked me ...  Read Full »

Dr. N Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through all your blood investigation reports done ten months ago, nine months ago, and last month (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). 1) Your blood levels of C-reactive protein and lactate dehydrogenase (inflammatory marker) are constan...  Read Full »

Are my symptoms due to diabetes or Crohn's disease?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22-year-old male with a weight of 68 kilograms and a height of five feet seven inches. I do not smoke, drink or use any recreational drugs. I have some pre-existing medical issues for several years like acne, anal itching or jock itch, stomach cramps after eating, and an urge to...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have explained your symptoms well. It was palatable to read. Well, your concerns are genuine but here is my take on this. You are too young to develop type 2 diabetes mellitus and dermatopathy. It is far away to be even considered. You have a normal glucose leve...  Read Full »

Can one get bad breath even after maintaining good oral hygiene?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from chronic bad breath for the past few years. I did not get it diagnosed, though. What confuses me is that I perform good oral hygiene but still cannot get rid of it. I went to a dentist two months back, she just cleaned my teeth, and it seemed like it worked, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and understand your concern. The most common cause of bad breath is a gum condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums caused by constant irritation due to tartar/calculus (hardened yellow deposits on the ...  Read Full »

What are the ill effects of overcrowded teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have receding gums around my lower front teeth which are badly overcrowded. My gums do not bleed when I floss or brush, but I feel like they are loose and will fall out. The dentist said that they are fine, but at night I feel like they click. Can you please help me?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and attached images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It shows that they are crowded. So, brushing is not proper, and as a result, tartar and stains have developed on the tooth. These tartar and stains are responsible f...  Read Full »

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