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Can I take pro-biotic capsules for bad breath due to white deposition on the tongue ?

hello i am 23 year old girl .i salvate during sleeping also my tongue is white and my breath is very foul.i am trying probiotic and prebiotic caapsules .will it be of any help..... if i take the powder out of capsule an mix it with tablespoon of water and coat my tongue late at night after brushing my teeth .will it help.i have read on internet that it really helps......plz reply regards
Mon, 22 Jul 2013
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Dentist 's  Response

Thanks for writing to us.

Bad breath usually caused due to poor oral hygiene maintenance.

Please do visit a dentist and get thorough scaling done.

Brush and floss your teeth as well as tongue daily.

Maintain oral hygiene well.

Use soft bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth as well as chlorhexidine mouthrinses to gargle.

Hope this helps.

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Dentist Dr. Inderpreet Singh's  Response
coating of the tongue is suggestive of an underlying fever ir general debility. salivation during sleeping should not be of much concern as it is a normal phenomenon.
foul breath could be due to poor oral hygiene but in your case seems to be due to digestive tract dysfunction.
prebiotic and probiotic capsules will help improve digestion.
it doesn;t matter if you remove the capsule or not because the capsule is digested inside the stomach after all.
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Dentist Dr. Vishal Jain's  Response

you have a problem of mouth breathing during night because of that your saliva droop while sleeping.

the main reason for this is nasal blockage. I suggest for this visit to any good ENT specialist.

use tongue cleaner regularly instead of coating your tongue with extract of capsule.

if still you have bad breath use mouth wash and visit your dentist for the cause and treatment.

Dr. Vishal Jain................ Vitaldent Faridabad
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Hello ,

Bad breath and tongue coating could be due to the following reasons: nasal infections, oral infections or gastrointestinal infections

1. Those with nasal congestion or chronic sinusitis are more likely to mouth breathe at night People who sleep with their mouth open are more likely to suffer from bad breath and coated tongue. If you have these conditions you can try using a nasal decongestant spray.

2. Get yourself evaluated by a dentist to rule out gum infections. Learn proper brushing techniques.

3. Another important cause of bad breath could be the presence of a bacteria called Helicobacter Pylori causing indigestion and gastric reflux etc. This needs to be evaluated by the gastroenterologist, who will check for the presence of H. pylori and prescribe the required antibiotics. Brush your teeth after every meal and clean your tongue using a tongue cleaner. This will reduce the coating to a great extent.

Other general measures that you could follow would be as follows.

Avoid certain foods like onion, garlic, preserved foods etc.

Eat food at proper times and do not go on crash diets.

Avoid high protein diets.

Always rinse your mouth out after consuming fish, meat, milk or milk products.

Use antiseptic mouth washes.

These measures would help you combat your problem than trying to coat your tongue with prebiotic capsules. That will not help in any way.

Hope I’ve answered your query.


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