Getting Rid of Bad Breath


How do you get rid of bad breath? Could it be bacteria or could it be from cavities?

Tamala from Columbia, MO

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Getting Rid of Bad Breath

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I have worked in a dental office for 15 years, so this question comes up a lot. Have you tried brushing your tongue? That helps. Also, dental cavities do leave nasty odors, is it time for a check up? Good oral health is very important for everyone of all ages! During your check up tell the dentist or assistant about your issue, maybe they can give out samples of products to try, that's what I always did. Hope this helps you. Take care! :) (04/18/2006)

By mobo

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

Use Listerine daily. Brush your teeth 3 times a day too. My sister has the same problem and the dentist says it's her gums. She also chews a lot of sugar free minty gum, it helps (believe me lol) (04/18/2006)

By kimmcg

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

Try eating parsley. It is also very good in homemade doggy biscuits if your dogs have bad breath. If this doesn't work however, I would first get a thorough clean of your teeth at the dentist. If that doesn't help, your doctor should be your next port of call. I hope this is of help. Cheers, Wendy M. from Australia (04/18/2006)

By Wendy M.

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

Thank you for the info. I do brush my tongue and I have been to the dentist and they offer some Breath X. It helps for a minute. I do have cavities. When my appointments come around I seem to be short on money and reschedule my appt. to another week or two. But I have a dentist appt. next Friday. Thanks again for the great advice. (04/18/2006)

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

I was in the dental field for over 17 years so here is my main tip: FLOSS! The floss will help get rid of tiny stuff that can cause bacteria, hence smelling bad. Use floss daily (at least twice a day). Floss comes in many forms try using a waxed dental tape as it is easier to use, also lots like the green mint waxed floss. Waxed makes it easier to slide between teeth. Yes, cavities can cause odor due to bacteria building up and causing odor. Brush often with a soft brush, as hard brushes can tear up your gums. Change toothbrushes every three months or after colds and flu.

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An easy rinse is using 3% hydrogen peroxide. It kills germs and bad breath. You can just pour some on your brush to brush away things between your teeth. If this does not immediately help, then try mixing some baking soda and peroxide and swishing with that. I also brush daily with peroxide and sometimes add a dab of baking soda to my brush. I have been lucky not to suffer from bad breath but one of my sisters had it bad. If this does not help sometimes, but not often, this needs to be addressed by your medical doctor after you discuss this with your dentist. I worked in general dentistry then in periodontal practice which deals with the gums, that being said I have to tell you the famous old periodontal quote; Brush and floss only those teeth you wish to keep! Good luck with your dental health. (04/19/2006)

By meoowmom

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

Tamala,
I just noticed we are nearly neighbors! I live in
Hallsville. (04/19/2006)

By meoowmom

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

Flossing is important. Brush your tongue with your toothbrush or an implement sold to clean your tongue. Rinse your teeth with half a cap of Listerine diluted with half a cap of water. Best of luck. (04/19/2006)

By Carol from Wyoming, PA

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

Could it be from sinuses? (04/19/2006)

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

I agree with everyone here, especially the flossing. However, if the bad breath is persistent, it could be a health issue. My daughter had bad breath which came from bad tonsils, she used to get white spots on them. The tonsils weren't sore but the white spots caused bad breath. After her tonsils were removed, the problem was solved. So, if the above advice doesn't work, perhaps you should see your doctor and get a good physical. God bless you. (04/19/2006)

By Luvyabye

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

I was wondering if cavities were from genes? I brush and floss twice a day, and seem to still have cavities...is there any recommendations?

(b)Editor's Note:(/b) Cavities don't go away by themselves. Please see a dentist, they can spread. (09/15/2006)

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

I'm tired of people telling me to go brush my teeth because I have bad breath. I go to the dentist every year. Every year they clean my teeth, tell me I have no cavities, and tell me to come back next year. I don't taste any icky stuff from my teeth. The bad taste is coming from further back in the throat. I believe it's sinus drainage that causes the bad breath. The only time in my 50 years that I remember not having bad breath was when I was on tetracycline for my acne. Nobody will prescribe antibiotics indefinitely for bad breath. The sickening sweet toothpaste and mouthwash seem to make the problem worse. Baking soda and peroxide make my teeth feel cleaner, but the lingering bad taste in the back of my mouth returns by the time I arrive at work in the morning. Are there natural ways to clear sinus problems? I fear the dizzy side effects of sinus tablets may cause a driving accident. (09/27/2006)

By betty

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

Please see an ear nose and throat specialist and ask him to do allergy tests. Allergies do cause sinus problems as well as tonsillitis. You will need to treat the allergies and the symptoms in order for the bad breath to disappear. A friend had his tonsils removed because of regular tonsillitis, but afterward suffered for years from throat infections. A specialist found that his tonsils had been removed unnecessarily, because the reason for all his problems was an allergy. Once he started treating the allergy, he had no more infections of the respiratory system. I found that the same held true for my children. (09/27/2006)

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By Willem

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

I have bad breath. I have no cavities, and barely any plaque but I have bad breath. I brush my tongue and teeth and either side of the cheeks, and use Listerine. I haven't tried flossing though, could that be the answer? (11/07/2008)

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