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How to get rid of foul-smelling and viscous saliva?


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Published At August 12, 2023
Reviewed AtNovember 6, 2023

Patient's 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. I have been facing this issue since my childhood and have undergone dental cleaning twice but still, my saliva smells the same. I do not know how to get rid of this, but I want to have an odorless saliva. Please help.

Answered by Dr. Naveen Thomas


Welcome to icliniq.com.

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 helps in altering the bacterial colonies and increases the good bacteria in the gut and mouth. Also, you can consult an ENT (ear-nose-throat) physician and check for the presence of stones in your tonsils (if any), as this too can cause a foul smell in the mouth. In girls, during the monthly period, hormonal changes can also cause an increase in such smell.

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Thank you.

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

Dr. Naveen Thomas
Dr. Naveen Thomas


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