Oral Bad Breath FAQ

Frequently asked questions related to oral bad breath.

Oral Bad Breath

What causes bad breath?

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Poor oral hygiene that is a result of not brushing / flossing regularly can cause bad breath issues. If the food particles are not removed from your mouth, it may cause plaque formation on your teeth. Plaque-filled pockets between your teeth and gums (Periodontitis) are the major cause of bad breath.

How to get rid of bad breath permanently?

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  1. Brush your teeth after eating
  2. Floss your teeth regularly
  3. Brush your tongue
  4. Clean your dentures and dental appliances
  5. Adjust your diet and food habits
  6. Avoid dry mouth
  7. Change your toothbrush once every 3 months
  8. Regular dental checkups
  9. Avoid smoking

What is the phobia of having bad breath?

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Halitophobia is the term given to the fear of having bad breath.

Which foods cause bad breath?

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The top 5 foods that can cause bad breath are garlic, onions, dairy products, canned tuna fish, and horseradish.

What type of cancers cause bad breath?

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Stomach cancer is the major cause of bad breath.

What is the medical term for bad breath?

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Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath.

What causes chronic bad breath?

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Chronic bad breath is often a sign of poor oral hygiene. Halitosis may occur due to serious mouth-related or an illness in other parts of your body, including diabetes, gastric reflux, liver disease and kidney disease.

Which vitamin deficiency causes bad breath?

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Deficiency of vitamin B12 is the cause of bad breath. B12 helps with the food digestion process. Poor intake of B12 vitamin can increase the amount of waste in the blood, possibly leading to bad breath.

Why does ketosis cause bad breath?

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Ketosis is a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body tissues. Bad breath is caused by ketones in the ketosis state.

Why is my morning breath so bad?

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Saliva production decreases while you are asleep. This causes dry mouth at night time. Saliva is the major factor to flush out odor-causing particles. Bad breath is caused due to reduction in saliva and bacteria formation on food particles present in your mouth. Proper brushing or flossing can eliminate the odor.

Why does garlic give you bad breath?

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Garlic has sulfur compounds - Cysteine sulfoxide. This sulfuric compound in garlic causes an unpleasant odor on the breath.

Why does coffee give me bad breath?

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Coffee has sulfuric and acidic compounds, which can lead to coffee breath. Since it hinders the production of saliva, coffee also has a drying effect in your mouth. Without saliva to wash the coffee residues and other food particles, bacteria can cause bad breath in the mouth.

Which probiotic is best for bad breath?

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Streptococcus salivarius K12 and M18 (probiotics) may improve your oral health by inhibiting bad breath forming bacteria in the mouth.

Which bacteria causes bad breath?

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The oral microbes most likely to cause the bad breath / halitosis are Gram negative bacteria and include Prevotella (Bacteroides) melaninogenica, Porphyromonas endodontalis, Treponema denticola, Enterobacteriaceae, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Prevotella intermedia, Bacteroides loescheii, Eikenella corrodens, Tannerella forsythensis (Bacteroides forsythus), Centipeda periodontii, Fusobacterium nucleatum vincentii, Fusobacterium nucleatum nucleatum, Fusobacterium nucleatum polymorphum, and Fusobacterium periodonticum.

Which doctor do you see for bad breath?

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In most cases, your general dentist can alleviate the problem. In some cases, you may be referred to an oral specialist / or a periodontist.

Which vegetable is known to cure bad breath?

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Green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach can decrease the bad breath significantly. These vegetables contain a pigment called chlorophyll, which acts as a natural fumigator for your mouth.

How long does bad breath last after tooth extraction?

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When your teeth are removed, bacteria can get inside the extraction site and this is what causes bad breath. This is usually resolved once the area begins to heal and takes one-two days as you start brushing twice a day and regularly rinsing your mouth.