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What is the reason for persistent bad breath since childhood?


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Published At July 30, 2023
Reviewed AtJuly 30, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Since childhood, I have suffered from mouth odor or bad breath. Now at 34 years, it is getting worse. Once I open my mouth to speak, people run or cover their noses or turn away from me. As a result, I have lost every confidence I could ever have. It has affected me in all areas of my life. Especially socially, I do not keep friends or relationships. I do not attend parties or functions except when it is necessary. I am going down, almost like a living corpse. My tonsils were removed while finding cures. I tried oxygenated pastes; I brushed every time. It is almost like nothing works. I really need help.

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Honey Nandwani


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understand your concern.

As per your complaint, bad breath, or halitosis, can occur due to several causes like poor oral hygiene, oral and dental infections, post-nasal drip, sinusitis, acid reflux, respiratory infections, diabetes, etc. You should consult an oral physician or an otorhinolaryngologist and get evaluated; thorough clinical evaluation and investigations depending upon suspected cause can help diagnose. Treatment of the underlying cause will relieve the symptoms. My advice:

  1. It would help if you started gargling with a flavored mouthwash twice a day.
  2. You should chew flavored, sugar-free chewing gum.
  3. Chew cardamom when around people to mask the bad smell.
  4. Do warm saline gargles twice a day.
  5. Limit the intake of high-aroma foods like onion and garlic.
  6. Drink plenty of water and maintain good oral hygiene.

Hope this helps.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Honey Nandwani
Dr. Honey Nandwani


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