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  • Dry mouth / Halitosis issues: I have been experiencing problems with bad breath and halitosis. The symptoms I have had so far include:

    -Damp / dry mouth / fishy / soggy taste
    -Experienced bitterness on tongue
    -flu every few months
    -had a bad bout of acid reflux (1 week)

    Should I go to the doctor? I have an upcoming dental appointment and plan to wear braces too.

    Nothing seems to be working - I tried therabreath / mints / (about to try Profresh).

    Please help! I urgently need to cure this and regain confidence in my life. I've just embarked on a new career and I don't want to live with this forever. ...Visitor from Singapore     (answer)

  • I had a root canal done 3 years back. 15 days back there was pain in the same tooth. I saw the dentist and decided to have it removed, since it was cracked. A bridge was made for 3 teeth. Now there is a bad smell coming out when I eat something, after just a few hours. I brush at night before sleeping and in the morning after breakfast. I don't know what and how can this be solved. It is embarrasing to talk at parties and meetings. ...Visitor from India     (answer)

  • Chronic Halitosis: Help me! I've been suffering from BAD BREATH for 4 years I'm only 19. I hate my life because of this. I barely have friends and no job. My teeth and gums are healthy. It's also not internal because I'm heslthy there also. I heen to a Periodonist, dentist and MD. Lets just say I wasted my money on doctors who didn't do ANYTHING. my tongue is 80% white 24/7 It leaves a horrible taste in my mouth. My breath gets worse after I eat so sometimes I starve myself. I have dry mouth. Those over the counter rinses, scrapers and toothpaste don't work. I've tried everything. I don't eat as much anymore. Are there any pills to make more saliva or tongue surgery for eliminating bacteria? ...Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • I have a severe bad breath. Therabreath and other mouthwashes do not cure my bad breath. I spend hours reading and buying product online about bad breath but nothing works. I believe that I inherited my bad breath from my parents. Both of my parents have bad breath. I am now 39 years old and I want to take a drastic action regarding my stinky mouth. Due to my mouth so stinky I have no friends, no job and no social life. I am a loner, so to speak. I am crying right now writing this email because I am so sick of my bad breath. I asked God to do a miracle for me and have my bad breath go away. I remember growing up having cavities. I had all my cavities removed and yet my breath still stinks. ...Visitor from LA     (answer)

  • Long term bad breath: I have had a problem with halitosis since I was 20 years old. I am now 33 yrs old. I have consulted with many dentists in my country and they all tell me there is no problem with my teeth. They do mention though that I have a problem with my back teeth, suspecting that I have a problem brushing away food debris. I also consulted with an internist to investigate a possible digestive problem, but no luck yet. What is causing my halitosis? ...Visitor from Jakarta     (answer)

  • Halitosis - Solobacterium Moorei: I have had halitosis for 13 years. I have been dating a great guy for the last 1.5 year. He told me my breath stinks. I don't want to lose him. I have been researching halitosis and discovered that solobacterium moorei is in every patient who has halitotis 100%. In addition to granulicatella elegens, eubacterium species, firmicutes species and 5 other bacteria in the the mouth of a bad bed group in study by the ADA. My question is what Rx can I get to REDUCE the overactive solobacterium moorei in my mouth? I have the biofilm (the white mucus), reducing it with Mucinex. I also use probiotics with bioflora for intestinal health, use Closys toothpaste, BreathRX rinse, a tongue scraper, floss and waterpik. ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Chronic bad breath - specialists can't help: I have chronic bad breath. I have consulted a stomach specialist, a nose-ear-throat specialist, and a couple of dentists. No one has any answers for me. I brush well two to three times a day and use listerine. Do have any answers for me. ...Visitor from MA     (answer)

  • Therabreath and Oxyfresh - Is there something stronger? I have been suffering with bad breath for two years now. I have used Therabreath and Oxyfresh products. These seem to help some, but not enough. I went to a periodontist and he cleaned my tongue with Oxyfresh and sent me on my way. Is there someone that can prescribe something stronger like a antibiotic or something? Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Oxyfresh and Dry Mouth products don't help: I have been battling bad breath for the past 10 years. This problem has effected every avenue in my life. I am an office professional who has constant dealings with the public, so therefore this problem makes it very difficult to function on a daily basis. I have had surgery to remove my wisdom teeth and also corrective pocket surgery, but to no avail has this helped the breath problem. I alternate visits with my general dentist and my periodontist and they tell me to just keep flossing, brushing and using mouth washes. My kids have told me they smell my breath, and coworkers have also told me in unspoken terms that they smell it too. Please advise me of what to do because I have tried everything over the counter from dry mouth products to the oxyfresh. ...Visitor from NC     (answer)

  • Can't get rid of awful smell: I seem to be radiating a foul fecal smell. I have been to the doctor and he said he cannot pin point where the smell could be coming from. The only thing I can think of is I had a front upper (UL1) tooth root filled 25 years ago. It is also crowned and has a post inserted as well. Although it isn't giving me any pain I'm wondering could it be giving off a bad smell. I have been to the dentist and he has xrayed it but nothing showed up. But the dentist said that if the post has gone out through the tooth at the root it is not showing on the xray but it still could be and the xray just isn't able to show it. CAN A ROOT FILLED TOOTH GIVE OFF A BAD SMELL? I am not aware of a bad smell myself but I have been told by others that I radiate this bad smell off me and it smells awful like a bad gas smell or worse like a fecal smell. As you can imagine it is very embrassing and humiliating and worse because I cannot find out where it is coming from to treat it. I have always been very hygiene conscious showering every morning, washing my hair, brushing my teeth, flossing etc. But now I am even more so. but still that awful smell persists. When I walk into a room within minutes someone says "what is that awful smell?" and I could just die. It really has got me very depressed and I prefer not to go anywhere unless I really have to. ...Visitor from Northern Ireland     (answer)

  • Need something that works - not overpriced products: I brush my teeth 7 times a day, and scrape my tongue. I cannot escape my bad breath. I have good hygiene, but no one would know that by smelling me. I overhear people saying I dont brush my teeth and other rude comments. I have tried the over priced tooth pastes and rinses. I have done the halometer in the past. I complained to my Drs and dentists and no one cares to do anything to help me. The worse thing is the social impact all this has caused me, not to mention I feel like I lost my job behind this. I am in desperate need of someone who can actually help me, not just try to sell me overpriced products that DONT WORK. Is there anyone that takes a medical AND dental approach combined? Someone in this country should be able to solve this problem, we have put men on the moon for goodness sakes! ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • What is causing bad breath? My husband has had really really bad breath for over 4 years. It's like a rotten smell and seems to worsen if he eats red meat. If he eats things with garlic its a different smell.. it really soaks into his pores and the smell comes out his nose. At his last dentist visit he was told to floss and that his gums were infected. I try to encourage better hygiene however I think he gets discouraged when nothing seems to work. Should we be concerned with other health problems or could this all be from an unhealthy mouth? ...Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Bad odor and taste: Usually when someone has bad breath, they themselves cannot tell. However for this past year I've been experiencing bad breath to the point where I can smell it when I yawn, cough, clear my throat and sometimes while eating. I brush and floss at least 3 times a day and my dentist says my gums are in great shape with no disease. I'm begining to think it's coming from my sinuses with post nasal drip. Also, I have been dating someone for this past year who has been diagnosed with some gum disease and has bad breath fairly regularly although its not horrible most of the time. Is it possible that kissing can transfer bacteria from his mouth to mine? The problem only started since I've been with him. ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Halitosis from Sleep Apnea? I have been having chronic halitosis for almost 3 years now. I have been to 2 breath specialists, an ENT, Periodontist, dentist, etc. I have periodontal disease. I have had it for a long time. I just had the deep root planning gum cleaning. I use the hydrofloss 2 times a day. I am overweight and have severe sleep apnea which dries out my mouth. I do use the peridex mouth rinses and the chloride dioxine mouth rinses. I use a tongue scraper, and nothing has worked. I am curious if the sleep apnea is the main cause or not. The breath specialist seems to think so. I do have 6mm periodontal pockets. So my main question is, would the source be from my periodontal disease or the sleep apnea? ...Visitor from NC     (answer)

  • Life long bad breath: I have had bad breath almost all my life. I brush my teeth, floss, I have bought every possible mouthwash in the stores. Sometimes when I brush, some of my gums bleed and other times when I'm flossing my gums bleed sometimes. I would like to go just one week without bad breath. I stay away from people because of my condition. I have gone to see dentist and they say my breath is not as bad I think, that some people have worst breath. I really don't care about other people's breath, only mine. My breath is so bad that if in a car I sense people are uncomfortable about my breath. HELP! ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I have bad breath. The reason I am so confused is because brushing tends to aggravate the issue. When I wake up in the morning, I brush, the halitosis is not that bad, about 20%. as the day goes by it gets worse and worse. The norm is to brush again, but then brushing makes it worse, it's like the paste gives the halitosis a medium to spread. At that point, I don't even need to open my mouth for it to smell bad, all it takes is an exhale and guys start to run away from me. I have spent a lot just to get rid of it, but to no avail. One more thing, when I go to the dentist for a deep cleaning, I do have good breath for at least two days before it all comes crashing down. I have deep gum pockets. ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

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