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Control Bad Breath

Bad breath is an unpleasant odor present in exhaled breath. Bad breath is also known as halitosis. The common causes are poor oral hygiene and dehydration. The other reasons are smoking, tooth decay, and gum disease. Taking lifestyle modification by quitting smoking, chewing tobacco, keeping the body hydrated and brushing twice daily, and flossing regularly helps control it.

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I have foul-smelling and viscous saliva despite following good oral hygiene measures. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have bad breath. It is not bad breath, but it is my saliva that smells very bad and it is very viscous. I have been having this problem for a long time. I brush twice a day, clean my tongue twice, and recently started using warm salt water as a mouthwash, but still, I have the problem. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I focus on your health and wellness. Let us discuss this in detail below. Sometimes, the bacterial load in our stomach consists of more bad smell-producing bacteria. As you are already using salt water gargle, try eating a lot of probiotic curd and yogurt as this he...  Read Full »

I find it hard to swallow food and have bad breath. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I was struggling to swallow one day about a month ago as the food was dry. I did not take it seriously initially. Gradually, I found it difficult to swallow anything due to the dryness in my throat. I have increased my water intake, and I brush, rinse my mouth, and scrape my tongue after ...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query, and understand your concern. I can understand that bad breath or chronic halitosis is a major concern and embarrassing. I do not know the exact composition of the toothpaste you use. Would you help identify its composition or ingredients? Also, the...  Read Full »

How can bad breath be stopped and prevented?

Query: Hello doctor, I am facing a problem with bad smell from mouth. I have faced this problem six to eight months before after my accident and I took heavy-dose antibiotics. I have shown to a dentist and I have cleared all my tooth problems. After that also, I am facing this bad smell. I am taking Omepra...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to be suffering from halitosis and this requires a proper dental evaluation. If that is cleared then you might be having a gastroesophageal reflux disease. You need to be started on a combination of Rabeprazole and Domperidone once daily. Do Listerine gargle...  Read Full »

I have people complaining about my breathing as similar to kerosene. What causes this, and should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, People say my breath smells like what they can best describe as kerosene. What could be the cause of this? Should I be worried?  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. 1. Bad breath is not just due to poor oral hygiene but could also be due to the involvement of other internal organs like the nasal sinus, and gastrointestinal tract. 2. You have mentioned that your breath smells like ker...  Read Full »

I have a bad breath despite maintaining good oral hygiene. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 18-year-old school-going girl who is very concerned. My mouth started stinking one day randomly. I keep a mask over my mouth because of my bad breath. I brush my teeth for at least two to three minutes. I also use a tongue scraper and mouthwash. I chew gum too. It stinks and get...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, We welcome you to icliniq family. I appreciate the confidence you place in me for your healthcare consultation. Have you recently consulted any dentist regarding this issue? You need to get your teeth and gums cleaned to remove all calculus and plaque deposits. The dentist will also check for...  Read Full »

I am a 28-year-old female suffering from bad breath. I tried many medications. Is my bad breath due to tonsils? Kindly suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28- years-old female who suffers from bad breath. I got my teeth cleaned I thought the problem was with them, and they recommend that I must use something to clean my stomach. I did take many medications with no luck and some people are saying maybe the problem is in the tonsils...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello,Welcome to you are regularly cleaning your teeth twice with flavored toothpaste and still there is halitosis, you do not have any dental-related problems. I suggest you not keep a large time gap between two meals that is the most found cause for halitosis. If you have an isolate...  Read Full »

I recently got separators for my teeth, which I removed as they were causing bad breath. Is it okay?

Query: Hello, I recently got four separators in my teeth for braces. I removed two of them myself after four days because they had a very foul smell, which gave me bad breath. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Separators are placed to gain space for the placement of the molar band. Since you are going to start with orthodontic treatment, kindly maintain oral hygiene properly and gargle after every meal. The foul smell could have been due to food lodgement. Regarding the re...  Read Full »

Why do I have bad breath despite using mouthwash?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been facing bad breath and mouth odor issues for many years. However, my oral hygiene is good, and I am using mouthwash, but the effect of mouthwash does not last even for an hour. Kindly tell me the exact treatment to get rid of bad breath.  Read Full »

Dr. Alfiya K Jamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bad mouth odor (halitosis) is caused by food deposits, plaque, tartar (calculus), etc. The food deposit forms a thin film that is easily removable, but when it is calcified, it is very difficult to remove by simple brushing. Therefore, I suggest you do ultrasonic sca...  Read Full »

My mouth smells bad, which creates a negative impression upon others. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My mouth smells bad. The problem is increasing day by day. Please suggest something because it creates a very bad impression in front of everyone.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Bad breath or halitosis can be due to dental and non-dental reasons. Dental reasons include accumulation of tartar or calculus on the teeth, gum disease, failed fillings or crowns, multiple cavities, tongue deposits, and impacted wisdom...  Read Full »

How to keep breath fresh all day?

Query: Hello doctor, I do not have any dental issues. I have been getting regular dental checks. How do I keep my breath fresh all day?  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is good to know that you go for regular dental check-ups. Breath can be kept fresh by maintaining oral hygiene. Follow proper brushing technique (Bass-sulcular method). Brush once in 12 hours. Gargle after every meal. Clean your tongue daily. You can use flos...  Read Full »

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