How do you cure bad breath/halitosis?

I have tried everything possible to cure this!! I bought online mouthwash treatments called pro-fresh that helped for a while (about 2 years) then I g...




I have tried everything possible to cure this!! I bought online mouthwash treatments called pro-fresh that helped for a while (about 2 years) then I guess my body became immune to it b/c I'm back in the same predicament. I floss and use a tongue scraper TWICE a day! This is very embarrassing and I haven't asked my Dentist yet just b/c its so shameful. So any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Store shelves are overflowing with mints, mouthwashes and other products designed to help people control bad breath. Yet these products help control bad breath (halitosis) only temporarily. And, they actually may be less effective in controlling bad breath than simply rinsing your mouth with water after brushing and flossing your teeth.

Certain foods, health conditions and habits are among the causes of bad breath. In many cases, you can improve bad breath with proper dental hygiene.

Try the following steps to improve or prevent bad breath:

Brush your teeth after you eat. Keep a toothbrush at work to brush after eating.
Floss at least once a day. Proper flossing removes food particles and plaque from between your teeth.
Brush your tongue. Giving your tongue a good brushing removes dead cells, bacteria and food debris. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your tongue with at least five to 15 strokes. Pay particular attention to the middle third of the tongue, where most of the bacteria tend to collect.
Clean your dentures well. If you wear a bridge or a partial or complete denture, clean it thoroughly at least once a day or as directed by your dentist.
Drink plenty of water. To keep your mouth moist, be sure to consume plenty of water — not coffee, soft drinks or alcohol. Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) or sucking on candy (preferably sugarless) also stimulates saliva, washing away food particles and bacteria. If you have chronic dry mouth, your dentist or doctor may additionally prescribe an artificial saliva preparation or an oral medication that stimulates the flow of saliva.
Use a fairly new toothbrush. Change your toothbrush every three to four months, and choose a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Schedule regular dental checkups. At least twice a year, see your dentist to have your teeth or dentures examined and cleaned.

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17 Responses to “How do you cure bad breath/halitosis?”

  1. leedsfan4life1 says:

    brush ur teeth!!!
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  2. jake_g_123 says:

    Chewing gum and mints and maby brush your teeth.
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  3. Jade says:

    Just carry some Tic-Tacs or chew gum.. get an anti-gingivitis toothpaste.
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  4. Teddy. says:

    LISTERINE 3 times a day
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  5. wartytoadjody39 says:

    My husband had this problem and they found out he has bad indigestion, acid reflux and he was put on nexium and it went away..but if he forgets to take his nexium..it will return..good luck!!
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  6. Brandi_23sc says:

    Ask the dentist you could have a mouth infection and that is why the oder is coming out nothing to be ashamed of thats like going to a doctor for warts and not telling him you have wart you know. Well anyways I would ask him maybe its just a matter of vitis in your mouth over powering it and making it oderful. Antibotics can take care of it for you. Other than that if you dont ask all I can say is carry around mints and keep them handy!!
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  7. ballaerina says:

    There's really nothing to be ashamed of – some people just have chronic halitosis that can't be cured by brushing your teeth or mints. It's a condition that can easily be treated with some prescription-strength mouthwash. I suggest you visit a doctor – the visit should be quick and easy, with simple questions that shouldn't embarrass you. There's no shame in seeking help.
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  8. rockingballerina says:

    Altoids are really strong mints, try those. Or try brushing and rinsing(don't swallow!) with hydrogen peroxide, it'll help kill bacteria in your mouth.And assess your diet—if you consume alot of certain foods, this can affect how your breath smells. But definitely visit your doctor, because persistent bad breath can be caused by an infection.
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  9. brunettekeaton says:

    Make sure you change your toothbrush about once a month. In between brushings, clean it in hot, hot, hot water.

    Use a strong mouthwash with alcohol in it, to KILL bacteria.

    You should ask your doctor, because bad breath can be a sign of gingivitis or other oral disease.
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  10. Sandy says:

    Store shelves are overflowing with mints, mouthwashes and other products designed to help people control bad breath. Yet these products help control bad breath (halitosis) only temporarily. And, they actually may be less effective in controlling bad breath than simply rinsing your mouth with water after brushing and flossing your teeth.

    Certain foods, health conditions and habits are among the causes of bad breath. In many cases, you can improve bad breath with proper dental hygiene.

    Try the following steps to improve or prevent bad breath:

    Brush your teeth after you eat. Keep a toothbrush at work to brush after eating.
    Floss at least once a day. Proper flossing removes food particles and plaque from between your teeth.
    Brush your tongue. Giving your tongue a good brushing removes dead cells, bacteria and food debris. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your tongue with at least five to 15 strokes. Pay particular attention to the middle third of the tongue, where most of the bacteria tend to collect.
    Clean your dentures well. If you wear a bridge or a partial or complete denture, clean it thoroughly at least once a day or as directed by your dentist.
    Drink plenty of water. To keep your mouth moist, be sure to consume plenty of water — not coffee, soft drinks or alcohol. Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) or sucking on candy (preferably sugarless) also stimulates saliva, washing away food particles and bacteria. If you have chronic dry mouth, your dentist or doctor may additionally prescribe an artificial saliva preparation or an oral medication that stimulates the flow of saliva.
    Use a fairly new toothbrush. Change your toothbrush every three to four months, and choose a soft-bristled toothbrush.
    Schedule regular dental checkups. At least twice a year, see your dentist to have your teeth or dentures examined and cleaned.
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    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bad-breath/DS00025

  11. jennyapowell says:

    I know its embarrasing…but your dentist sees these things daily…If you are brushing and flossing and using a tongue scraper and if you see your dentist on a regular basis and you have no oral health problems, then I would see my regular doctor to rule out any intestinal issues…since it is obviously not your teeth…They say that bad breath comes from the inside, as long as there are no known dental problems…It could be something as simple as the foods you eat…however…sometimes people have explored everything and still cant come up with answers….
    In our office we recommend "oxyfresh"…Patients say it works really well…you can order it online at http://www.oxyfresh.com….They even make a formula for dogs, which I just add to their water and it works great! It's a natural remedy and from experience, it tends to work very well…
    Good luck to you…!!
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  12. aiDORU says:

    If you already do all the manual oral care for halitosis and you still got them, you might check your general health.

    not to scare you, person who have diabetes have a ketonic breath and person with renal failure have uric breath. what I'm trying to say is, systemic disease may cause bad breath.

    go to the dentist. he might give you better explanation. halitosis is not something embarassing especially that you have take a good care of your oral health.

    btw, a halitosis professor in Japan suggested that you clean your tongue with a tooth brush (without the paste) before you start brushing your teeth. doing once after you get up in the morning will be sufficient.

    oh yeah, if there is nothing wrong with your oral care and health, you might had pseudohalitosis or a condition which a person feels that he have a halitosis while in fact he's not. it could be just your thoughts.

    for best explanation, go to your dentist.
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  13. maxmom says:

    There is a new product out called Smart Mouth. You can findit at major drugstores, like Walgreens.

    It is more expensive than regular mouthwash, but really works.
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  14. Amy L says:

    Ask your hygenist or dentist. It can be tooth decay or gum disease or infection causing the bad breath. You may need a deep cleaning if it's gum disease and they prescribe a rinse. My husband has horrible bad breath but didn't know he had gum disease. After about day 2 of the cleaning, zero bad breath. His other dentist didn't catch it until he saw a hygenist. Or dry mouth. I use Biotene mouthwash for this. They also have a toothpaste. Or ask your reg doc if it's not from ur mouth. It could be ur diet also. Don't use mouthwash with alcohol. It dries out the mouth and bad breath returns fast. Brush for at least 2 mins, switch to an electric one to brush more effectively. And floss, floss, floss. Brush and scrape ur tongue, roof of mouth, cheeks, lips. Add a little toothpaste. Drink plenty of water. If you drink coffee, afterwards, rinse or brush. If you smoke, quit or also rinse or brush. See your dentist and tell her. She's trained to deal with it so she's seen everything! If you tell her, maybe she can reassure you that it MAY not be ur mouth but something else. At least you know. Good luck!
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  15. dan d says:

    Many people are surprised to learn bad breath is one of the constipation symptoms most commonly overlooked. However, it is not difficult to understand really. The mouth and stomach are connected. Constipation and other disturbances in the intestines can cause poor digestion. A digestive tract that is sluggish due to constipation can cause the mouth to have a putrid odor. This is due to gases rising up from the stomach and lingering in the mouth.

    I have done a colon cleanse and it help me allot! good luck to you!
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    http://www.colon-cleanse-constipation.com/constipation-symptoms.html

  16. schromom says:

    It could be periodontal disease (it can smell really nasty). If that's what it is, it won't go away until you get the gums healthy again. That won't happen until you see your dentist and get a good cleaning. Don't put it off! Trust me, we smell gross stuff all the time!
    Also, large tonsils that trap food particles have been known to cause bad breath as well as reflux problems.
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  17. drdardashti says:

    Bad breath has three sourses.It can be from your GI tract, your sinuses or your mouth.First rule out the first two Talk to a ear nose throat Doctor and or gastrointestinal doctor.If then you are sure it is coming from your mouth make sure you don't have any bad or broken teeth and have them fixed if you do. 90 percent of all bad breaths come from the toung. Brush your toung with a good toung brush not just your toothbrush. go as far back as you can. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night.Good luck
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    Iam a dentist for 10 years. I hope that will help.

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