Q. My problem of bad breath persists even after teeth cleaning. What to do?

Answered by Dr. Divya Banu M and medically reviewed by Dr. Nithila A


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Hello doctor,

I tried teeth cleaning, I avoided non-veg foods and beverage drinks, which produce gas, and I am eating a balanced diet. My bad breath problem is since for the past five years till now, so in this period I realize that I have a white layer on my tongue and when I smell my tongue then I feel very bad breath. Also, I have a hole on my throat back of the tongue, and something comes through that way like thick water and when I smell it so bad.

Another is when I eat something, then that smell lasts for a long time. What to do? I have been spent more money to avoid bad breath, so give me a suggestion to get rid of it. Bad breath is the main reason for my unsuccessfulness. Sometimes thinking about this problem, I become depreciate. I needed your help.

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Dr. Divya Banu M


Welcome to icliniq.com.

The white coating on your tongue is mostly due to bacteria and debris. And, it seems that you might have a dry mouth. All this must be causing bad breath. Clean or scrape your tongue regularly, maintain proper oral hygiene, drink a lot of water and even empty stomach will cause bad breath, so have food regularly on time. Do mouth rinse with lukewarm water and salt or lukewarm water and a bit of mouthwash diluted in the water.

But, better to avoid continuous use of mouthwash as this itself can cause dry mouth sometimes, and discoloration of teeth. Get a consultation from a dentist regarding dry mouth, to rule it out. If you have dry mouth, a Sialogogue (to increase salivary flow) will be prescribed by the dentist. Do not worry. You will be fine. If possible, send me a picture of your tongue and teeth.

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