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Bad breath problem. Can it be because of stomach acid?

Hi, Recently I am suffering from having a bad breath. My dentist told me my teeth are fine and that my bad breath is probably caused by my stomach acid. A chinese doctor/acupuncturist also told me that I have a bad breath, due to my stomach is not working properly. I have noticed I have a bad breath, dry mouth and a white tongue after I have not talked for a while or after enjoyed my meal. Now I am really worried and start to link everything with my stomach, because last year I have had a stomach reflux . Additional information is that I do not smoke any tobaco, have a skinny body and I am only 22.
Asked On : Tue, 19 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Bad breath can be because of several reasons,
Poor oral hygiene , deposition of plague and calculus, periodontal infections , tongue coating , xerostomia, faulty restorations retaining food and bacteria , oral pathologic conditions , mouth breathing habit , use of certain medications fasting , starvation , foods like garlic , onion

Diseases of GIT, GERD ,Nasal infections like rhinitis ,
Pulmonary infections like bronchitis
Systemic conditions like diabetes , dehydration, fever.

I would suggest you to get a complete checkup done.

Visit to a Dentist , get complete mouth scaling and polishing done .
use chlorhexidine mouthwash gargles twice daily .
Drink lots of water.
Maintain a good oral hygiene .

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello and welcome to hcm forum,

bad breath is caused by -
poor oral hygiene maintenance.
decayed teeth resulting in food lodgement.
decreased salivary secretion.

I WOULD suggest you to get scaLING done.
get scaling and restorations done.
salivary substitutes can be given.
Answered: Tue, 19 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.Thanks for sharing your concern.Bad breath ( halitosis) due to many reasons like1.poor oral hygiene.
2.chronic sinusitis3.tonsillitis and
4.depositions on tongue
5.Gastric reflux
I would suggest you to visit your dentist and get clinical evaluation must rule out these can do warm saline rinses to prevent any infection.use hexidine mouthwashes.Also get a xray done for your sinus.Hope it helps.Thanks.
Answered: Tue, 19 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshul Agarwal's  Response
hi as u posted if ur teeth are ok means not having any caries or impaction then u need look at the following points :

1. as u posted u r having dry mouth .. well try 2 keep ur mouth lubricated as much as possible by drinking water as much as possible ...have lots of fruits like apples ,orange .( vit c )

2. change ur diet ..avoid junk food burger ..

3. maintain proper oral hygiene .. PROPERLY brush twice and use a good mouthwash

4. consult ENT specialist for nasal infection,throat infection ( PND ) and gastro spl. also

Good luck
Answered: Tue, 19 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Neha Gupta's  Response
I am Dr.Neha Gupta (dentist) and am glad to address to your query here.

Some stomach problems can be treated, some cannot. Ulcers, diabetes, liver diseases, acid reflux disease cause long-term stomach problems that can effect a person's breath. Make sure you're getting enough vitamins C and B, as well as zinc, since deficiencies of these can also cause halitosis.

Chewing on fennel, parsley, cardamon or filberts can temporarily and quickly sweeten your breath. Add lemon juice to your eight 8 oz. glasses of water, as lemon juice can eliminate odors in your mouth and esophagus. Make a cup of peppermint tea; peppermint tea soothes an upset stomach while freshening breath at the same time. Finding the underlying reason for the stomach problem that is causing bad breath is crucial. It's the first step to curing bad breath.

Take care and please keep me informed of your progress at healthcaremagic through my profile directly.
Answered: Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hello and welcome to HCM,

Bad or fowl mouth odor is caused by number of reasons such as;

Poor oral hygiene , improper brushing techinques which lead to accumulation of food debris and bacterial plaque and calculus deposits deep in the gum pockets and root surfaces of the teeth .
bacterial plaque and calculus on the teeth gives fowl odor.

Gingivitis and periodontitis is another condition which leads to fowl mouth odor.

Ulceration when infected with bacterial or viral invasion may lead to fowl smell.

alcohol consumption alos promotes plaque deposition and gives fowl odor.

as you have mentioned stomach reflux , GERD and other gastric problems may also lead to acidic mouth odor , you need to consult a physician to get the problem confirmed.

i would suggest you to go for professional scaling and root planing of all the teeth , maintain good oral hygiene by regular tooth brushing and flossing.

use antiseptic oral rinse for daily mouth rinsing helps in reducing the mal odor.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.
Thanks for sharing your concern.
bad breath (halitosis) is due to many systemic as well local reasons.
for the systemic problems ,underlying cause has to be treated. while local causes can be well treated locally and by topical applications.
The causes are

1.GIT disorders like GERD.
5.fever due to any infection.

local causes are
1.poor oral hygiene.
2.xerostomia due salivary gland infection.
3.others like certain coating on tongue, and periodontal diseases.
Hope it helps.
Answered: Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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Dermatologist Dr. Rahul Kumar's  Response
thanks for the query

Bad breath can be due to following reasons

1.poor oral hygiene.

2.chronic sinusitis

3.tonsillitis and

4.depositions on tongue

5.Gastric reflux

Please meet a physician.

Thank you
Answered: Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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