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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What could be the reason for bad breath?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had a foul odor in my mouth for many years. So I went to the doctor and got a cavity filled. And I brush once a day, but I see people who do not brush for months but still do not have a foul mouth odor. But people are complaining to me about my mouth odor. In addition, I do not smok...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Bad breath or halitosis can be caused due to dental and non-dental reasons. Dental reasons include accumulation of tartar or calculus on the tooth, failed fillings or crowns, multiple decays, and an impacted wisdom tooth. But the most ...  Read Full »

What is the reason for foul smell in my mouth? What can 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. Sumit Srivastava

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 »

I have bad breath even after brushing my teeth and tongue and using mouthwash. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My breath has been smelling bad even after brushing my teeth and tongue and using mouthwash.   Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are good. Thanks for approaching icliniq. I saw your query. I will help you solve the issue. Bad breath may be due to many reasons like calculus, food deposits in wisdom teeth, dental caries, gastric diseases, gastric ulcers, and many more. I advise y...  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 use...  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 ston...  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. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

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, candi...  Read Full »

How do I know if I have contracted HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old male. I cheated on my wife and I am really scared that I may have HIV. When I say scared, I mean night terrors, huge anxiety, and no appetite (lost 15 pounds in three weeks). I cannot work and it is all I think about. The circumstances are as follows. I performe...  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that you are worried but it is not the end of the world. You actually have a very low risk of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) transmission from this exposure.Though the test is sensitive, you should get a fourth generation ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosor...  Read Full »

I am suffering from bad breath. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from bad breath. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Alfiya K Jamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your situation. Bad breath or halitosis is mainly caused by food deposition in the gum and poor oral hygiene, so once a month, do scaling (ultrasonic cleaning) of your teeth in a dental clinic. Maybe your brushing is not proper, so you need to know the...  Read Full »

Why does my son have bad breath even after brushing and rinsing his mouth?

Query: Hi doctor, My son has had bad breath from his mouth for the past years. Even after brushing twice a day and rinsing his mouth after eating, his symptoms do not seem to improve. Because of this, he loses confidence while talking to others. He does not feel comfortable visiting a doctor for this. Ple...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you convince him to visit a dentist to get looked up. He may have calculus and plaque along with some decayed teeth, which may be causing it. I suggest he use warm salt water rinses twice daily or Betadine rinse till then.  Read Full »

What causes bad breath and white coating on the tongue?

Query: Hi doctor,I have bad breath and my tongue is white even when I brush really hard for a long time. I have this issue for years. I have consulted a doctor about this issue. But nothing helps me.   Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Foul breath always occurs in relation to food accumulation. White tongue occurs due to food deposition on the tongue. I suggest you use a soft bristle toothbrush for brushing. Use it twice daily in vertical strokes. Use a floss and tongue scraper after brushing. It keep...  Read Full »

I am a 61-year-old male and I have allergic symptoms. What can be the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 61-year-old male, generally in good health, and have no known allergies or asthma. For the past ten years, I have lived in a house with an old carpet in the combined living and dining area. Before seven years, I had an irritated throat and eyes, nasal congestion, rapid sneezing, an...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello,Welcome to are two parts to your query. First, your allergies. Clinically they appear to be due to house dust mites rampant in curtains, carpets, furry objects, cushions, etc. The only permanent way to rid yourself of these is by taking allergy shots or drops. Before that, we...  Read Full »

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