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Bad Breath - Causes and Cures

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 5:05 AM

Bad Breath- Causes and Cures

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

The cause of the bad breath [medically called halitosis] may lie in the

  • Mouth
  • Nose and Sinuses
  • Other parts of body

Causes of Bad breath

Cause of Bad Breath in the Mouth

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Teeth[Dental] origin- decayed teeth,food between teeth
  • Dentures
  • Gum diseases
  • Tongue: coated tongue, fissured/grooved tongue,infection, diseases including cancer of the tongue
  • Poor saliva flow- in night, fasting, not drinking enough water
  • Mouth lining: infection, cancer, diseases
  • Tonsils: Infection, tonsillar stones[ tonsillolith- appear as yellow or white matter in the tonsils- they can be expresed out by pressing the tonsil]

Causes of Bad breath from Nose and Sinuses

Any condition in the nose or sinuses producing post nasal drip [ nasal discharge trickling to the back of the nose and into the mouth] can produce Halitosis[ Bad breath]

Causes of Bad breath other than due to Mouth and Nose

  • Lung infection
  • Bronchial infection
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Failure
  • Metabloic and biochemical dysfunctions

What is the Cure of Bad breath?

  • First and Foremost get a proper Evaluation to rule out dangerous conditions
  • Improve Oral hygiene
  • Teeth: brushng teeth, dental flossing,using toothpicks
  • Tongue: Brush tongue gently but thoroughyly from back to front and especially brush the back portion
  • Tonsils: Consult your ENT doctor for opinion and treatment of any tonsilloliths[Tonsillar stones] or tonsillar infections
  • Sinuses: Visit an ENT specialist in your locality to check out your nose and sinuses
  • Hydration: Maintain good adequate oral hydration by drinking enough water, not fasting etc
  • Use Chewing gum
  • Medicated mouth washes and gargles- always consult your doctor before regular use as many have high alcohol content and have carcinogenic potential
  • Treatment of the underlying cause


Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal


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