Bad Breath?

I seem to constantly have bad breath. I brush my teeth every day, and I still have yet to get a cavity all my life. I heard there is actually a bacter...

I seem to constantly have bad breath. I brush my teeth every day, and I still have yet to get a cavity all my life. I heard there is actually a bacterial infection some people have that causes bad breath that lives in your gums. My gums are healthy and all, so I'm just a little confused. If I could get any medical advice on what I might have would be greatly appreciated.
For answer #2… Yes, I drink like 3-4 bottles a day.

do you drink water? my son had bad breath, then started drinking lemon water and over a period of time his breath freshend up. lemon cuts the germs. good luck

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8 Responses to “Bad Breath?”

  1. Lost_chic says:

    brushing your teeth is not enough, you have to floss and swish as well. make your final rinse baking soda. or listerine. that may help for a few extra hours.
    if you can handle it, oregano is great and killing germs that cause bad breath.
    you can find oregano oil at most health food stores.
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  2. Squirt says:

    do you drink water? my son had bad breath, then started drinking lemon water and over a period of time his breath freshend up. lemon cuts the germs. good luck
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  3. liberty11235 says:

    Bad breath comes primarily from the stomach and not the mouth. Eating a fresh apple will take it away or use, "Breath Assure" or Chlorophyll capsules from the Health Food store.
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  4. Green Eyes says:

    if you eat properly and lay off sugary drinks that'll help a lot.

    also try switching brands of toothpaste. sometimes if I use the same one for too long my breath with stink…

    always brush before bed and when you wake up. I know throughout the day is just a pain but if you eat something really sugary if you even just rinse with mouth wash that'll help!
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  5. strwberridreamz says:

    hi there my son has this same problem ans he is only 14 i needed to find help for him fast so he would not be jepordized is his upcoming years i have copied and pasted the info i have and some links that will help oyu i am 100% sure. goo luck wiht this and dont ever give up hun in this day and time always expect a miricle !



    Some disorders will produce specific, characteristic odors to the breath.

    A fruity odor to the breath occurs as the body attempts to get rid of excess acetone through the breathing. This is a characteristic sign of ketoacidosis, which may occur in diabetes, and is a potentially life-threatening condition.

    A fecal odor to the breath (the breath smells like feces) can occur with prolonged vomiting, especially when there is a bowel obstruction. It may also occur temporarily if a person has a nasogastric tube (a tube placed through the nose or mouth to the stomach to drain the stomach contents) in place.

    The breath may have an ammonia-like odor (also described as urine-like or "fishy") in people with chronic kidney failure.

    Common Causes

    If previously normal breath turns into halitosis, causes could include:

    Food or beverages consumed (such as cabbage, garlic, raw onions, or coffee)
    Vitamin supplements (especially in large doses)
    Poor dental hygiene
    Tobacco smoking
    Throat infection
    Lung infection
    Gum disease (gingivitis, gingivostomatitis)
    Abscessed tooth
    Impacted tooth
    Foreign body in the nose (usually in children)
    Often (but not always) there is a white, yellowish, or bloody discharge from one nostril
    Triamterene and inhaled anesthetics
    Insulin – injection
    Diseases that may be associated with breath odor (not presented in order of likelihood — some are extremely unlikely):
    Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis
    Acute necrotizing ulcerative mucositis
    Acute renal failure
    Bowel obstruction (can cause breath to smell like feces)
    Chronic renal failure (can cause breath to smell like ammonia)
    Diabetes (fruity or sweet chemical smell with ketoacidosis)
    Esophageal cancer
    Gastric carcinoma
    Gastrojejunocolic fistula (fruity-smelling breath)
    Hepatic encephalopathy
    Diabetic ketoacidosis
    Lung abscess
    Ozena, or atrophic rhinitis
    Periodontal disease
    Zenker's diverticulum

    Home Care

    Use proper dental hygiene (especially flossing), and remember that mouthwashes are not effective in treating the underlying problem.

    Fresh parsley or a strong mint are often effective ways to fight temporary bad breath. Avoid smoking. Otherwise, follow prescribed therapy to treat the underlying cause.

    Call your health care provider if

    Breath odor persists and there is not an obvious cause (such as smoking or eating odor-causing foods).
    You have breath odor and signs of a respiratory infection, such as documented fever, cough, or facial pain with nasal discharge

    What to expect at your health care provider's office

    The medical history will be obtained, and a physical examination performed.

    Medical history questions documenting breath odor in detail may include:

    Is there a specific odor?
    Is there a fishy smell?
    Does the breath smell like ammonia or urine?
    Does the breath smell like fruit or is there a sweet-chemical smell?
    Does the breath smell like feces?
    Does the breath smell like alcohol?
    Has the person recently eaten a spicy meal, garlic, cabbage, or other "odorous" food?
    Does the person take vitamin supplements?
    Does the person smoke?
    Does good oral hygiene improve the odor?
    What home care measures have been tried? How effective are they?
    Is there a recent sore throat, sinus infection, tooth abscess, or other illness?
    What other symptoms are also present?
    The physical examination will include a thorough examination of the mouth and the nose. A throat culture may be taken if the patient has a sore throat or mouth sores.

    In rare cases, diagnostic tests that may be performed include:

    Endoscopy (EGD)
    X-ray of the abdomen
    X-ray of the chest
    Blood tests to screen for diabetes or renal failure
    Antibiotics may be prescribed for some conditions. For an object in the nose, the doctor will use an instrument to remove it.

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  6. Robert H says:

    Hey there.

    Some great tips from others already posted!

    You definitely need to floss.

    And BRUSH/SCRAPE YOUR TONGUE!!! They sell special scrapers for this. You'll be amazed by the gunk you'll get off your tongue.

    Use Listerine. (I prefer citrus myself.) Give it a minute or two. Gargle with it.

    Check your tonsil pockets in your throat. Some people accumulate food debris that calcifies & decomposes — stinky.

    If so, you could flush them out with a very gentle water pic stream.
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  7. mahawi61 says:

    Most common causes are:
    Tooth decay & Gingival/Periodantal diseases>see Dentist
    Tonsilitis & Sinusitis> see ENT specialist
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  8. ms. dew says:

    Bad breath usually comes from the mouth, but it has many other causes as well. Bad breath can also be a symptom of a disease. If you are sure of your dental health, then perhaps asking your inquiring about this with your dentist can help a lot. Acid reflux, sinus infection and diabetes are just some of the causes of bad breath. Try and find the real cause of bad breath to secure the right remedy for you.
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