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I am suffering from bad breath. what to do about it ?

I have discoloured teeth that dentists say was caused by tetracycline and currently suffering from bad breath i dont know what to do about it. are these related.
Asked On : Wed, 23 Feb 2011
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Dentist 's  Response
Hi There,

Thanks for posting your query.

Bad breath or halitosis is caused to many reasons. It can range from simple things like not drinking enough water to having Gastrointestinal problems. Having bad oral hygiene like having tartar which leads to many gum diseases like periodontitis or having decayed tooth also causes bad breath. Systemic disease like diabetes also causes bad breath. You need to see a dentist who will asses your condition and advise treatment accordingly.

Discolouration of teeth are of two types, intrinsic[ inside] or extrinsic [outside]. Intrinsic stains such as tetracycline or fluoride are not related to bad breath .In order to correct these you can undergo bleaching or whitening of your teeth. Specialised treatment procedures like laminates or crowns may help in masking tough stains.

Extrinsic stains are those caused due to tartar, pan chewing, cavities, etc. which can be related to bad breath. You will need to undergo scaling or treatment of the cavities according to the cause of the problem.

Hope that answers your query.


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Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response

Hello there ,

Thanks for writing your query,

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 also promotes plaque deposition and gives fowl odor.

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 hope this helps,

take care.
Answered: Tue, 30 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello ,
Thanks for writing in.
Bad breath do not have any association with tetracycline stains on teeth.
To prevent bad breath,
Maintain good oral hygiene.
Brush your teeth using soft-interdental toothbrush in back-forth,up-down motion.
Rinse your mouth after every meals.
Use chlohexidine mouthrinse to gargle.
Get scaling and restorations done if there is any decayed tooth associated.
Regarding discoloured teeth,bleaching/veneering /porcelain crowns can be placed to correct these discolourations.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Bad breath occurs due to many reasons like poor oral hygiene, plague and calculus deposition, GIT disturbances, sinusitis, pharyngitis.
I would suggest you to consult a Physician and rule out the other causes.
Go for symptomatic treatment of complete mouth scaling and polishing.
Brush tooth twice daily, use antiseptic mouthwash rinses.
Take complete balanced diet, drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Benley George's  Response
First of all it should be understood that malodor is caused by many reasons like decayed teeth, poor oral hygiene, gastric problems,Sinusitis, liver disorder, diabetis, smoking, alcohol consumption, tobacco chewing. You should consult a dentist to check for any problem in your oral cavity. Staining of teeth can be determined by a dentist on clinical examination. Staining of teeth and malodor are not related
Answered: Sat, 2 Jul 2011
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Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dr. Manish Gupta's  Response
Bad breath can be due to a number of causes like :-
Local factors like oral hygiene (Improper brushing technique,food lodgment on the tooth surfaces,smoking, etc) or
Systemic factors like Diabetes, Gastric refluxes resulting from dietary components rich in garlic, onions etc.
The first thing is to visit your Dentist and get the cause of your condition diagnosed. Also get a professional cleaning (scaling/Oral Prophylaxis) done. Maintain good oral hygiene by simple procedures of brushing twice a day, rinsing and flossing after every meal. Start using a mouthwash regularly and drink plenty of water thru the day.
Take care....
Answered: Wed, 11 May 2011
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Dentist Dr. E. Bharathikannan's  Response
the tooth discolouration due to tetracycline and bad breath (halitosis) are not related. dont worry. get a visit to dentist and sort out why there is bad breath, continue with treatment. take care
Answered: Wed, 30 Mar 2011
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Dentist Dr. Srividya Rao Vasista's  Response
Hi patjamani,
Bad breath is called as Halitosis. There are many causes for it like
a) Poor oral hygiene
b) Throat infection, tonsillitis
c) Frequent cold, respiratory infection
d) Stomach ulcers, improper diet
e) Diabetes
f) Inadequate intake of water.
we need to rule out the rest apart from taking good oral hygiene measures, as all these areas have a common outlet that is mouth.
I suggest you have a physician's opinion to rule out the other concerns.
Dentally speaking a thorough sub-gingival cleaning is recommended for you.
This will reduce the bad-breath & the external stains on the tooth.
Regarding the tetracycline stains:
a) Bleaching
b) Veneering
c) lamination
are your options depending on the severity of stains
Thanks & Take Care
Answered: Wed, 23 Feb 2011
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