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My husband has horrible breath. Within the last several months I have noticed that his breath has progressively become worse. Let me first say that my husband is a smoker and also uses snuff.
At first when my husband brushed his teeth it was gone. Now brushing isn't helping. When we are in the car it is disgusting (at times I can't tell if he has passed gas or if it is his breath). I have just recently had family members say something to me about it.
I have researched some of the connections with people who suffer from halitosis and use tobacco products. Let me also mention that he suffers on occasion from indigestion and has always had problems with his sinuses. This is something else I have discovered that may also be contributing to his bad breath.
Am I missing something here? I am really concerned for his health but cannot bear to hurt his feelings. How can I tell him in a tactful manner because it is really becoming unbearable?
By Worriedwife from LA
Your husbands bad breath could be caused by tooth decay, a sinus infection or digestive problems. A visit to your family doctor might be in order.
I know you don't want to hurt his feelings, but if he's anything like mine, he'd sooo much rather hear it from you! He should know you love him, and want the best for him.
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My husband gets really bad breath pretty much every day. I feel bad for telling him that too because he knows it already and is embarrassed. He has tried mouthwash, tongue scraper, gum, etc. He thinks it is halitosis (bad breath disease). Does this mean he needs to be medically treated for it?
Hi there! Does your hubby floss his teeth daily and does he have any dental problems? That could be one cause. You'd be amazed how bad the food that gets stuck between teeth smells. Another thing, does he still have his tonsils and, if so, does he get white spots on them? My daughter had a breath problem but she also had white spots on her tonsils. When her tonsils were removed (she was in her 20s), that took care of the constant bad breath. Your hubby may, indeed, need to see a doctor just to be sure he's healthy :) God bless you both. (06/28/2005)
Does your husband have any stomach problems? Sometimes acid reflux can cause bad breath also.
By Connie H.
My DH also had bad breath and he visits a dentist regularly and flosses every day. I found a product called tooth soap and since he's been using it there is no more bad breath. It comes in shreds or liquid and it works.
My father had this same issue and the problem was bad cavities. Once the "offending" teeth were pulled, things improved significantly. Whatever the cause, he really needs to have this professionally checked out since it could be something serious (but easily treated). (06/28/2005)
I agree with everyone here that flossing daily or even twice daily is super important in eliminating bad breath. Hopefully your husband is not a smoker, but if he is, that combined with not flossing could be the problem. As other posters have said, rotten teeth and tonsil problems may be causing it. Do see a doctor if flossing doesn't work. It could be the signal of a more serious health problem. (06/28/2005)
My husband had the same problem. Went to the dentist, flossed regularly. Finally he began using Biotene. There is a mouthwash and toothpaste. You can buy it at Walmart. It's a little expensive but 100% worth it. (06/29/2005)
I don't know what it's called because I don't suffer from this problem (or at least no one's ever told me, lol), but I saw at my dentist's office a display for a product that helps what it called "malodor", or something like that. Has he contacted his dentist specifically for this problem? Maybe they have something that could help. (06/29/2005)
Also, people on low carb diets get bad breath, I've read. I don't know why that is. Also, sinus problems can cause bad breath. If it continues, even after trying some of the suggestions on here, I'd go to the Dr. to see what he or she says. (06/29/2005)
Could be several factors. Would be interesting to keep a food diary for a couple of weeks to assess if that's the culprit, whether certain foods make the condition worse. If you find that he complains of heartburn, chest discomfort, hoarseness or sore throat a lot, especially after meals, then acid reflux may be the problem and he should visit the doctor for work-up.
In the meantime, I agree with the suggestion to use Biotene toothpaste and mouthwash. It has agents that minimize the development of bacteria in the mouth, which is typically the role of saliva. Biotene is recommended for use in head and neck cancer patients because their ability to produce saliva decreases due to radiation treatment, etc., maybe your husband needs to use a saliva substitute also. Does he complain of dry mouth a lot? The Biotene toothpaste doesn't foam like regular toothpaste but it works and makes a noticeable difference in how clean the teeth and mouth feel. I use it because I like how fresh it makes my mouth feel. Make sure he continues to brush teeth and tongue (at least twice a day), floss, and drink plenty of water. Rinse mouth vigorously with water if not able to brush after a meal.
A Pharmacist Point of View (10/25/2006)
I have braces. So lately everybody has been telling me that I have really bad breath. They describe it to me as all of these disgusting smells mixed together. I recently had 2 back teeth pulled out. I think I brush really well but I don't know. I guess your hubby can drink more water, gargle salt water, and brush a lot! Stop using mouthwash with alcohol. My teacher said it is because the alcohol in the mouthwash kills the good bacteria also and makes the breath worse. That, or eat a lot of mint. (12/31/2008)