Bad Breath Even After Brushing My Teeth

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why do I wake up with bad breath when I brush my teeth well at night?
    Why do I wake up with bad breath when I brush my teeth well at night? It even happens when I brush in the morning- I can taste my gross breath if I do brush, but when I forget to, I notice that there is no odour at all. What toothpastes should I use?

    • ANSWER:
      When mother Nature has provided us with such a simple and easy treatment to cure diseases and even to avoid them we all must follow the instructions given by her. These Therapies only help Nature to cure us. Let us not ignore Nature in our mad pursuit of science. THIS NATURE'S 'DO IT YOURSELF' ACUPRESSURE THERAPY ITSLEF IS A SCIENCE AND NOT A MATTER OF BELIEF. Try this Therapy sincerely and regularly for at least 15 days and observe its wonderful and amazing result.

      Dental care & mouth care.

      After every meal, chew a little salt and gargle with water. Soft brush can be used to clean the particles caught between the teeth and the gums. Make it habit to clean the teeth every morning and before retiring to bed. In India, people use thin twig of a Babul, Banyan or a Neem tree (known as Datoon) as a brush. First it is to be crushed to make it soft and then use it like a brush. It is advisable to us a Datoon of Babul, Banyan or Neem tree at least once a day.

      It is reported by experienced dentists that tooth pastes available in the marked are not much effective. Instead, the following tooth powder or paste which can be easily made at home has been found quite useful for the care of gums and teeth :

      1. Tooth Powder : Mixture of finely ground alum powder 40% and rock salt or regular salt powder 60%. For better results, a few drops of lemon may be added. In case of dental problems, adding a little of 'Sudarshan' (a bitter Ayrvedic powder is also recommended.

      2. Tooth-paste : For dental problems like bleeding, pyorrhoea, toothache,gingivitis, etc. make a paste of

      50% alum powder
      10% rock salt or table salt powder
      10% Sudarshan powder (an Ayurvedic preparation)
      15% edible oil (unrefined)
      10% glycerine tanic acid
      5% camphor.

      The paste made of this mixture can be massaged on the teeth and gums in the morning and evening with fingers. It ca be packed in collapsible tubes/jars and used, as tooth-paste.

      3. Even massaging the gums with a mixture of 70% unrefined edible oil (seasame or groundnut or coconut), 15% glycerine tanic acid and 15% fine powder of rock salt or table salt is useful for good, healthy teeth and gums. Make it a daily habit. Please not that healthy gums are more useful than sparkling white teeth.

      4. Mouth Freshener : Gargling with a lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water, freshens the mouth. Take a quarter of a lemon, massage it on teeth and gums and then gargle with water. Even chewing of mango, tulsi or betel leaves after meals is good, and so it is advised in India.

      5. Exercises for teeth : Keep the lips closed. Pound the upper teeth on lower teeth for 30 to 40 times twice a day. Then massage the saliva on gums with the tongue. That will ensure proper blood circulation in teeth and increase the life of healthy teeth and gums.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some methods to deal with bad breath?
    I am having trouble controlling my bad breath. I brush my teeth regularly, and use mouthwash. I still have recurring bad breath that comes back during the day, usually by early afternoon. I was wondering if anyone had a method to try for a more long lasting effect. Thanks.
    My fiancee thanks you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      You should be brushing after every meal, roughly three times per day for at least two minutes at a time. You should be using floss after every meal, and use mouthwash and a tongue scraper at least twice each day. Pay attention to what kinds of foods that you are eating. Also, do you have problems with dry mouth? Dry mouth and post nasal drip can cause bad breath, so keep hydrated. Have regular dental checkups (roughly once every six months) to ensure that you do not have cavities or gum disease. Also, you should go to the doctor if it is a concern for you, since Underlying health conditions like diabetes can cause bad breath.

      You might want to avoid gum and mints that contain sugar because sugar actually FEEDS the bad breath-causing bacteria!

      You can also try natural cures such as baking soda, green cardamom, parsley/mint garnishes, brussel sprouts, and green tea. These help deodorize the halitosis.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to tell if you have bad breath and how to cure it?
    My family and some close friends have told me I have bad breath. I brush my teeth around 1-2 times a day because sometimes I don't have time to brush my teeth in the morning cause of school, but I do always chew mint gum. But sometimes I do brush my teeth and people tell me I still have bad breath. So how can I tell if I do have bad breath and what are some ways to cure it? I heard brushing your tongue works, but it often doesn't.

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure you brush your teeth 3 times a day with tongue and everything an keep chewing mint if things dont change ask a doctor

  4. QUESTION:
    How can you kill bad breath?
    It always seems I can't kill bad breath. Brushing my teeth works somewhat, but I can't always have access to a toothbrush while I'm out and it never seems to kill it all. How can I kill bad breath?

    • ANSWER:
      99% of bad breath is caused by dryness of the mouth. Bacteria cannot live in extremely wet environments, so drink a lot of water! The more water you drink, the better your mouth will smell. And also, water helps you feel more awake and energized during the day. I reccomend drinking 6 - 8 glasses of water daily. If your bad breath is still around after a couple weeks, see a doctor.

  5. QUESTION:
    What ways can you fight bad breath without mints and gum?
    I have bad breath?
    But I brush my teeth thoroughly and regularly, I eat healthy food, But when I'm at school and I don't have any gum or mints my breath gets stinky, and I don't want to talk.
    Help?
    I also do that.
    But actually I don't floss regularly...It's kinda hard with braces and takes a lot of time.

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath can usually be attributed to plaque buildup, poor hygiene, or deficiencies in the diet.

      To prevent plaque buildup: See your dentist 2x annually for cleaning and invest in a rotary/electric toothbrush. Brush and floss 2x daily.

      For hygiene, brush daily and don't forget to brush the tongue.

      For diet, make sure you're getting enough vegetables and fruit. If gums are sore, tender, or bleeding: Take vitamin C supplements, such as vitafusion gummies, daily.

      For whitening, add 1 cap of hydrogen peroxide to your rinse or brush with a peroxide wetted toothbrush and baking soda after using your regular toothpaste and before employing your mouth wash. Rinse well.

      Good luck to you.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the easiest ways to eliminate bad breath?Any advice?
    Even after brushing teeth,the bad breath will come back after.Any homemade remedies that you could recommend to reduce or eliminate bad breath?Plus,is it caused by bacterial infection?Any advice?Thanks in advance for answering(:

    • ANSWER:
      Thorough flossing is by far the best preventative treatment for bad breath. Bad breath isn't exactly caused by an infection but more accurately bacteria does cause this. Don't be alarmed since the mouth houses all kinds of bacteria and enzymes, some being healthy and necessary for your digestion. Also, try to stay away from alcohol based mouthwashes as alcohol is an astringent and actually dries out the mouth by reducing blood flow to the gums. This is ideal for bacteria to reproduce. Instead use alternate mouthwashes. I think crest makes a nice one that is fairly priced.

      If none of this helps then check out your local CVS, Walgreens, Eckerds or other neighborhood pharmacy. They usually have step by step bad breath treatments that may work for you.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is a home remedy of getting rid of morning breath?
    what is a good way for getting rid of bad breath after brushing your teeth?

    • ANSWER:
      Flossing and rinsing with a rinse aid that actually kills the bacteria in your mouth. We use some great stuff that really works. Eating a healthy diet, drinking purified water and also doing a system detox should do the trick.

      I'm assuming you don't smoke.

  8. QUESTION:
    What can you do about medicine that makes you have bad breath?
    I was prescribed a new medicine, and I realized that it is causing me to have a nasty taste in my mouth and my husband says I have bad breath. I constantly brush my teeth and use mouthwash and chew gum, but it doesn't go away. I can't stop taking the prescription. Has anyone else had this problem with medicine, and did you find a solution?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what medicine it is. Whenever I take Lunesta, it causes me to have a terrible taste in my mouth... and bad breath. The best thing I have found is BreathRx. It is normally used for people with chronic bad breath. It works wonders for me when I take my medicine. You can buy it at any drug or grocery store. My favorite product of theres is the toothpaste and the gum. They are inexpensively priced (around ).

      Other than this product, I will normally just suck on a piece of candy when I'm in a situation where it's necessary. That seems to work quite well. I hope you the best... if you have any questions, feel free to IM/email me =)

      Here's the website about the product http://www.breathrx.com/home.php

  9. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of bad breath?
    Even though I brush my teeth every night and morning, my mouth still has bad breath. I brush my teeth thoroughly with arm and hammer toothpaste. Please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      What you firstly need to do is establish what is causing the foul smell in your mouth? It could be certain foods you are eating like spicy foods containing garlic, onion etc, or it could be that you have lots of coffee? or you are a heavy smoker?

      Try drinking lots of water as dehydration can be a major cause for bad breath.

      Also when you brush your teeth at night, make sure you attempt to remove any food particles between your teeth with floss as they are a source for bacteria build up during the night due to reduced production of saliva in the mouth, also make a point of brushing your tongue as well.

      Salty water is a good anti bacterial, do a few gargles every night to cleanse the mouth.

      A very good source for bad breath cures is http://www.mybreathcure.com

      Hope the above helps.

  10. QUESTION:
    How old does my puppy have to be to brush his teeth?
    My puppy has really bad breath. Can I brush his teeth? How old does he have to be? And how do I do it?

    • ANSWER:
      I think I would ask the vet about the bad breath. There might be a health issue here. I would imagine around 2 or 3-months-old, but I don't think you brush them every day. They sell the tooth brush and paste together and you brush it like you would your child.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does the taste of bad breath always necessarily mean that you have bad breath?
    Okay, there have been some times that I could taste bad breath in my mouth after brushing my teeth or eating some mints, but im not too sure if that means i do have bad breath. I also want to know if there are instant ways to discreetly get rid of bad breath in public. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      yes i think it does. usually when i taste bad breath in the morning thats when its worst. lol. brush (especially your tongue because thats where all the bacteria is) floss and drink water with meals to help prevent this. also, gargling this: a teaspoon of honey and a bit of cinnamon mixed in boiling water should keep your mouth tasting and smelling fresh, good luck :)

  12. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of bad breath?
    My parents always complain i have bad breath. I brush my teeth 2 times a day a gargle mouthwash twice a day. Still, even straight after brushing, they still complain about bad breath. The thing is my dad is the only one who complains about.

    • ANSWER:
      Bad Breath Prevention

      Spielman offers some sure-fire ways to detect and cure bad breath:

      Lick. We become accustomed to the smell in our own mouths and can't detect it, which is why blowing into your hand won't reveal the true quality of your breath. Instead, press your tongue (as far back as you can reach) against the back of your hand. Let the saliva dry for 10 seconds, then smell.

      Scrape. Sixty percent of bad breath is due to plaque that accumulates in the tongue's folds, particularly toward the back. One of the best ways to clear it away is with a tongue scraper twice daily.

      Rinse. Many common mouthwashes use alcohol to kill bacteria -- which is not the best ingredient, Spielman says. Instead, gargle once a day with a solution containing zinc chloride. An intense green or blue color is your clue to the right stuff.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of bad breath?
    i have a case of bad breath. i brush my teeth 2 a day and have minty gum in my mouth constantly but my breath still smells bad. How do i get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of bad breath actually comes from bacteria on the tongue, not just the teeth. Brush your tongue along with your teeth as normal (a gentle scrub for a few seconds with toothpaste and regular toothbrush, all over the surface).

      Also, gums hold quite a bit of bacteria so it's good to floss and mouthwash daily as well as regular brushing.

      As for the gum, it's not very healthy to have it all the time, so try sucking on a mint instead after meals. Especially sugarfree mints.

      :)

      PS Don't waste money on a toothbrush with a 'tongue cleaner'. They're always terrible, I used to have one and it was completely useless. Now I just get regular cheap Colgate toothbrushes and use the bristles on my tongue and my breath is good, not to mention my mouth feels cleaner without all the bacteria etc on my tongue.

      *edit*
      LizzyGoSquee, wtf? DO NOT SWISH PEROXIDE IN YOUR MOUTH. EVER. It's poison, it's what people use to bleach their hair. Small amounts of peroxide are found in teeth whitening kits but they are highly diluted, not to mention professionally made and tested! Please do not attempt to put any type of bleach directly in your mouth, that is a ridiculous thing to do.

  14. QUESTION:
    How can someone avoid bad breath in the morning?
    Even after brushing your teeth thoroughly, not smoke, no drinking, is there anyway of avoiding bad breath and dry mouth first thing in the morning? Mouth wash is meant to make it worse as it dries out your mouth and causes the bad smells right? So what's the solution?
    Problem is just mornings. Fine throughout day. Brush my tongue and everything.
    I floss like mad and spend 5mins brushing my teeth AND tongue everynight.

    • ANSWER:
      Mouthwash doesn't cause bad smells. If you rinse with mouthwash before you sleep at night it should deter some of your bad breath. When you brush your teeth you should also brush your tongue as well. If these things do not work for you, your problem is probably your diet.

  15. QUESTION:
    Why does my breath always stink even though I brush my teeth?
    I am always brushing my teeth but for some reason I always have bad breath. When I brush my teeth it smells fresh for like 10 minutes then it suddenly starts smelling again. I didn't realize my breath was this bad until my fiance told me. He said some people just naturally have bad breath, even if they brush their teeth 5 times a day. Why does my breath constantly smell horrible? Now I try not to talk that much because it's so embarassing!

    • ANSWER:
      You may want to go to a dentist but first I would suggest a mouth wash and make sure that you brush your tongue. That is important.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can bad odour be a sign of gastrointestinal disorder?
    I have constant bad breath, I brush my teeth, use gum, but whatever I do the breath is back in a few minutes, I wonder if I have esophagitis or something like that, Also sometimes I feel a sour feeling in my mouth after I wake up.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is more tips in order to fix the bad breath: http://badbreathfix.com

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I keep Fresh Breath?
    I have bad breath almost all the time. I go to school and a lot of people always complain because I have bad breath. I brush my teeth for 2-3 minutes, use floss, and use professional mouthwash. I don't know what to do! I am planning on taking a small bottle of mouthwash to school with me. That would be WEIRD!

    • ANSWER:
      Brushing your tongue is as important as brushing your teeth. Our tongue also harbors plaque and regular removing of it is very important. Also, go for the toothpaste which is tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil based.

      You should immediately cut down on sweets, sweet drinks and bakery goods to protect the teeth and gums and reduce plaque formation. The usual suspects; alcohol, tobacco, onion, garlic and curry should be immediately put behind bars.

      While there are plenty of short-term products such as gums and fresheners on the market, most do not last more than a couple of hours and tend to only mask the bad breath rather than address underlying causes.

      For this reason, many people are now turning to natural herbal and homeopathic ingredients such as Kali. Phos, Silica and Sweet Fennel to successfully help them with halitosis. Kali. Phos is well known for its antiseptic and cleansing properties and is effective at addressing putrefactive conditions such as halitosis, foul smelling flatulence and stools.

      Silica works by cleansing the cells of toxins and ridding the body of bad odors, while addressing some of the underlying causes of bad breath such as gum disease, sinus infections and mouth abscess. Lastly, sweet fennel has a long history of use for treating digestion problems and is a popular aid to sweeten the breath.

      You may get additional details over here

      http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/h/halitosis.htm

  18. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of stinky breath smell?
    I have bad breath....and i brush my teeth regularly..what else can i use??? :P thanks~

    • ANSWER:
      Brush and scrape your tongue thoroughly - all the way to the very back near your throat. This is where bad breath originates. It may make you gag a little, but it is a must for fresh breath. Also gently brush the roof of your mouth while brushing your teeth and tongue.

      Mouthwash may also help for an hour or two, but is not a permanent solution.

      Drink lots of water. Dehydration can cause stinky breath as well. Water also helps move food through your intestines, so you are less likely to have bad breath that originates from there (yes, it's possible to have bad breath from constipation! It's why some people's breath smells like poo). Along these same lines, you may want to add raw fruits and vegetables, probiotics, and digestive enzymes to keep your intestinal tract healthy and keep things "moving along."

  19. QUESTION:
    Diabetes causing bad breath possible hair loss and dandruff what can I do?
    I was diagnosed with type two diabetes about 6 months ago.
    I've gotten on the medication metformin.
    I have lost 40 pounds or so.
    I am wondering if there is anything at all I can do about my skin condition of dry skin and also am concerned about the bad breath.

    I brush my teeth a few times a day but it still stinks after a few hours. I get tired of brushing it out again. **sigh**

    • ANSWER:
      I eat breath savers like they are going out of style! they don't have very much sugar in them and I plan in some for every day. Also other breath mint thingies.

      Dry skin: Use bath oil, baby oil, etc before getting out of shower or tub. Then rub in some lotion. Add a bit of natural fats like butter, whole milk, etc to your food plan. It works wonders for dry skin.

      Hair loss and dandruff will neutralize after a while being on the Metformin. I don't know why it causes the problem, but it does. The dandruff is the same as the dry skin problem. I use a moisturizing conditioner on my hair and be sure to rub it in to scalp well. Brush hair frequently!!!

  20. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of bad breath?
    My friends and family tell me that I have bad breath a lot. I brush my teeth 3 times a day and floss at night. What am I doing wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Believe it or not, cheese actually helps bad breath. Eating a little piece of mature cheddar before you sleep or go out neutralises acids in the mouth. Do this and then have a mint about 10-20 mins after =)

  21. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of bad breath?
    Lol its kinda embarrassing but i have a bad breath problem. After i brush my teeth it only takes about 1 hour for me to get bad breath. I try chewing gum . Is there any way to permanently get rid of this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Often times the tongue is the source of bad breath. Your tongue is like a thick jungle for bacteria. Some of these bacteria produce sulfur containing compounds that are stinky. It is a good idea to brush or scrape your tongue. You can use a toothbrush to brush your tongue. Brush it as far back as possible. You might also purchase a tongue scraper that can be used to get your tongue clean.

  22. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when a dog has bad breath?
    I have an 11 month old chihuahua and she has really bad breath, other then the obvious of brushing her teeth. I would like to know if anyone can tell me if this might mean that something else might be wrong. She already has an appointment with her vet on Friday. But if there is something I should know or should be asking. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      Some dogs just have bad breath. Though sometimes it can mean the teeth are rotting and or dental disease. Other then brushing your dogs teeth you can give her greenies dental chews or other dental chew products.

      You can check out these web sites:
      http://www.askariel.com/pages.asp?pid=badbreath

      http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-information/dog-vet-geller-dvm/sudden-bad-breath-in-dogs-can-mean-dental-disease.aspx

      http://www.cactuscanyon.com/dog-tooth-decay.htm

      http://www.greenies.com/en_US/Products/DentalChew.aspx

      Good Luck with your little girl.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of bad breath?
    Just like the question said. How do I get rid of bad breath? I brush my teeth twice a day. What else can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Brush your teeth regularly, eat mints or chew on mint flavored gun, watch what you eat (Like don't eat onions or garlic), mouth wash and floss, aaaaaaaaaaaandd ..That's all I can think of.

  24. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of bad breath?
    my friend has the worst breath, i know she brushes her teeth ive watched her, but after like 30 minutes it smells. gum doesnt cover it up if your close enough to smell!!! any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Watch this vid its pretty short then go buy your friend the orabrush.

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I stop bad breath or the bad taste in my mouth when I wake up in the morning?
    When I wake up in the morning, I always seem to have a really bad taste in my mouth. I think it's because I sleep with my mouth open. How can I force my mouth to stay closed? or How can I stop the bad taste/breath?

    I brush my teeth morning and night. I floss at night. I've tried listerine and it seems to help alittle but not enough.

    • ANSWER:
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  26. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of bad breath?
    I've had bad breath my whole life. I brush my teeth twice a day, floss twice a day, use mouthwash twice a day, and chew mint gum, and my breath still stinks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,
      Now there could be lots of things linked to bad breath,here are a couple: it can be from acid reflux, you may have a lot of bacteria on your tongue (do you brush it? or you can get a tongue cleaner at any drug store, it's a plastic tool that you use to scrape the top of your tongue with... you'd be surprised what gets stuck on the papillae!) it could be that your brushing method doesn't get rid of all plaque in between your teeth, often culprit areas are: the molars (back teeth), and the insides of the teeth (towards the tongue)
      you can talk to your dentist about it if it keeps being persistent, they could recommend rinses that may help you.
      Good luck!!

      Ps: are you sure you have bad breath and it may not be psychological? Ask someone you trust would give their honest opinion and ask them if you really have it. It's a random thing, but you'd be surprised how many patients I see that ask me if they have bad breath (and they think they have it really badly) and there isn't any bad smells.

  27. QUESTION:
    Bad breath from a wisdom tooth coming in what can i do?
    I've never had bad breath, but since my wisdom tooth has been coming through my gum my breath is smelly :( and i have no idea how to fix it even if i brush my teeth the smell is still there? How can i fix this? Besides getting it taken out not an option. Help im so self-concious!

    • ANSWER:
      You may be right that your tooth is involved in your bad breath but I really doubt it because the major cause of bad breath is the bacteria on your tongue, especially in the back of your tongue. Look in the mirror at the back of your tongue for some "white stuff" This is the bacteria that causes bad breath. This must be removed to get rid of bad breath. Brush and floss your teeth and then clean your tongue. I use OraBrush tongue cleaner because it is designed to clean the back of the tongue. Works really great for me, should get rid of your bad breath also. The OraBrush website has a page that lists ways to check yourself for bad breath.

  28. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of bad breath if you still have it after you brush your teeth?
    i have a retainer that i have to wear to bed. and i get up and it traps all of the bacteria in my mouth so i have extremely bad breath when i wake up. then I eat breakfast and brush my teeth. but i still have bad breath. what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Brush then soak your retainer in mouthwash as well as brushing and flossing your teeth. You may need to have your teeth professionally cleaned as the oder may be caused from perio (gum condion) that needs attention. The dental hygienist can help with recommending rinses and tools to help keep the teeth and gums healthy which will help eliminate oders. Breath Rx is a very good mouth wash that can also help.

      There are also digestional conditions that can cause bad breath. Address your dental concerns first and if the problem is not resolved see a madical doctor.

      Hope this helps.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is brushing your teeth enough to get rid of bad breath?
    I brush my teeth twice a day and use mouthwash too. Is this enough to get rid of bad breath? No one has told me I have bad breath or anything it's just when people talk to me with bad breath I find it disgusting and I would hate to be like that xD

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Charlie,
      Just brushing your teeth and using mouthwash may not be enough for rid yourself of bad breath. It can also be difficult to tell if you have bad breath, due to Acclimation with makes it difficult to smell your own body’s odors (good or bad).

      Sounds like you’re on the right track to combat your bad breath. I recommend Therabreath products, but you have to use them only – mixing it with other brands of toothpaste and mouthwash undoes all the benefits that the products offer – try that, you should see results in a few days if not sooner. You may want to double check the ingredients on your mouthwash.

      Make sure you are keeping yourself hydrated and following the right oral care routine. But here are some tips:

      1)Check your toothpaste and any mouthwash that you use to make sure they don’t contain either alcohol or sugar. Toothpaste may also contain an ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate. All three of these either dry out your mouth or provide proteins to sulfur-producing anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath.

      2)Look for oxygenating toothpastes and oral rinses. Saliva fights off sulfur emissions because it is loaded with oxygen. When your mouth dries out, you lose that defense mechanism. Replace it with the right oral hygiene products.

      3)Avoid high protein diets and gums or mints that contain sugar. Diets that require you to eat all meat with little starches might help you lose weight, but they tend to wreak havoc on your breath. A sugary mint or stick of gum might freshen your breath for a minute, but you’re really just providing nourishment to bacteria that cause bad breath.

      It is important to brush your tongue, your cheeks and the rough of your mouth too, but I know that people with a sensitive gag reflex can really hate having to do it. It’s also important to brush the roof of your mouth too. Tongue scraping (and brushing) alone won’t fix bad breath and/or if you have white tongue. It depends on the shape and texture of your tongue, diet and a bunch of other things. Also, you can hurt your tongue if you scrape it too hard. You have to clean your tongue correctly.

      You can check out more about tongue coating here http://www.therabreath.com/art_whitetongue.asp and find out more about that yucky gunk on your tongue too.

      For the back of your tongue, try using a mouthwash without alcohol in it, that should help too. Try any of Therabreath’s mouthwashes. None of them contain alcohol and they are safe enough to swallow.

      Also, have you thought about taking an oral care probiotic of some sort? Here’s a great site with tons of information on probiotics and its benefits: www.proprobiotics.com

      To find out more on how to treat bad breath go to http://www.therabreath.com/articles.asp which has informative articles about treating bad breath.

      I hope this helps.

  30. QUESTION:
    How can I make my girlfriend understand she has bad breath?
    I love her but she rarely brushes her teeth and so, she often has bad breath.
    How can I tell her without hurting her feelings?

    • ANSWER:
      You have to tell her her breath smells but, do it in a nice way. Explain to her that she needs to brush her teeth and that it's not healthy if she doesn't. You have to be straight with her but, do it nicely. Offering her gum, toothbrushes, mints, or anything else that helps with bad breath isn't going to get the message through. You need to tell her.

  31. QUESTION:
    I need tips for whitening my teeth and getting rid of bad breath?
    I need help with my worst feature on my body... my teeth! I brush my teeth with special toothpaste and I try and try to whiten my teeth and get rid of bad breath! Any tips? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Dental hygienist here. This is a long one, but it's bursting at the seams with info! I'll address the whitening issue first, then the malodor.
      Whitening your teeth is easy. There are several options: Over-the-counter strips (think Crest or Listerine) will be more effective than your rinses. Whitening toothpastes contain abrasive materials designed to help remove stain, but do not "bleach" your teeth. In-office procedures like Zoom are very quick but can leave you with some hefty sensitivity issues. Also, there have been some lawsuits involving the light-activated/laser whitening systems. Take-home whitening gels from your dentist are a very effective and safer way to whiten teeth; the dentist takes impressions and makes models of your teeth. From those, customized trays that fit all the contours, nooks and crannies of your teeth are made. The gel is placed in the trays, and within 7-14 days, you should have a very nice result. The cost varies, but anything over 0 for a whitening system is too much. In the meantime, get a good cleaning to remove stain and any calculus/tarter deposits that could be holding stain---this could prevent the "bleach" from doing its job. Also, watch your intake of dark drinks like coffee, tea and sodas. Drink through a straw to help keep the stain to a minimum. Think of your teeth as a white shirt: if you spill something dark on it, you want to wash it out before the stain sets. The same goes for your teeth: brush the stain off before it sets. Easy rule to live by, eh?
      Now, for the bad breath question. Our mouths are filled with all kinds of nasty critters:bacteria, fungi, viruses, you name it. The bacteria, in particular, can release a nasty aroma. First, get a good cleaning. The hard calculus/tarter is rough like the surface of a brick and acts as a magnet and holding area for plaque. Next, you have to brush and floss regularly. Studies show that power brushes like Sonicare really do a more effective job of removing plaque. Use a tongue scraper. Drink water. Gargle with a mouthwash, but watch out for those with high alcohol content like Listerine--- they can lead to dry mouth which can contribute to malodor. Watch what you eat---are you crazy about obvious bad-breath contributors like onions, feta cheese or garlic? Are you taking any meds that leave you with dry mouth? You may need to treat the dry mouth symptoms. Do you have heartburn or acid reflux? These can contribute, as well, and may need to be treated. Do you have any sinus/allergy problems? Post-nasal drip is a big cause of bad breath. Lastly, sometimes the folds around the tonsils or the tonsils themselves can hold little "stink bombs"--- white balls of bacteria and bacterial waste products. You can check for these by looking in the mirror and opening wide---make sure you say "aah" so that your soft palate raises up and you can see. Sometimes coughing will pop them out, or even working at them with a cotton swab may work.
      Best of luck, and don't forget to floss!!

  32. QUESTION:
    How to keep your breath fresh during school?
    I don't know about you, but I hate bad breath! I hate having bad breath at school. I brush my teeth in the morning twice so that my mouth has less bad breath germs and I use scope outlast (and I brush my teeth 4 times a day) (not at school though) I was just wondering, what would keep your breath fresh for a whole day at school? Should I brush my teeth at school after eating lunch? Or what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Bring some breath mints into school. Easy :-)
      But I wouldn't worry - i bet your breath smells fine if you brush four times a day

      Hope this helped!

  33. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of Natural Bad Breath?
    It seem's that I never knew what morning breath meant. Now I do. All of a sudden one day I had really bad breath for some reason even though I brush my teeth 3 times a day. What can I do besides chew gum? Anyone ?

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath is caused by bacteria "poop" on your tongue. It has nothing to do with your teeth and therefore it doesn't matter how often you bursh them. Use a tongue scraper to remove the bacteria and some mouth wash and you'll be fine. That's what I did and I'm getting along just fine.

  34. QUESTION:
    What is a long lasting remedy for bad breath?
    I brush my teeth, I use mouth wash, the usual solution for bad breath. But it never lasts, even if I haven't eaten food. Is there something that will last?

    • ANSWER:
      The main cause of bad breath is stuff on your tongue (bacteria, food bits, etc) especially towards the back of your tongue. Tongue scrapers work really well for freshening breath, (but I don't think the brushes work very well).
      Check out the Wikipedia Page on Tongue Scrapers if you want more info.

  35. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of my bad breath?
    I do everything your supposed to do. I brush my teeth, I floss, I use mouth wash. But I can still feel my bad breath after just moments of brushing my teeth. Please help, it would mean a lot.

    Rude answers: block & report.

    • ANSWER:
      Drink lots of fluids, tea usually helps.
      Also, use a tongue scraper. Bad breathe usually comes from bacteria on the tongue. The bacteria is often stuck on your tongue closer to your throat because toothbrushes couldn't reach so far.
      Check if you actually have bad breathe by scraping the back of your mouth with a spoon and smelling it.
      Mints are also recommended.
      If none of these work, then you should see a doctor because there might be problems with your lungs or kidneys.

  36. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to get white teeth? Possible?
    I've been wondering if it is possible to get white teeth by just brushing your teeth. I don't want to buy any special products, visit a dentist, or anything like that. If it is possible to get my teeth white by just brushing my teeth, let me know. Does mouth wash help in this? Also, how do I permanently get rid of bad breath? Just brushing my teeth/tongue/cheeks?

    • ANSWER:
      Certain toothpastes claim to help whiten your teeth. Read the fine print – all toothpastes will remove a top layer of plaque and scum when you brush. Some also contain mild bleaching agents.

      Bad breath can come from various causes. Smelly substances from foods like onion and garlic get into your blood stream as you digest them, so oral hygiene only helps to a limited extent. Certain spicy foods can give you bad breath too. Drinking more water sometimes helps.

      For further information, get on Google.com and search on "halitosis".

      It's good to hear that you're taking oral hygiene seriously.

  37. QUESTION:
    How can I avoid bad breath in the morning?
    I floss and brush my teeth at least twice a day but I can't help getting bad breath in the morning. How can I avoid it?

    • ANSWER:
      use a strong 12 hour or 24 hour mouth wash before you go to bed to kill bad breath germs to help keep your breath fresh when you wake up in the morning.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to guess how far distance wise your bad breath can travel?
    I have bad breath most of the time about two hours after brushing my teeth and tongue. I will usually stick my finger at the back of my tongue and rub it to get the saliva then wipe it on my wrist. Once it dries a bit i can only slightly smell it, its not TERRIBLE but only slightly waftable at a certain angle. How far would someone be to be to notice the smell of my breath?

    • ANSWER:
      I have bad breath a lot of the time too and I know people can smell my breath if I talk too close to them, but if it's more than a foot away then they probably won't be able to notice, especially if you're outside. I try to keep Listerine strips and other things around in case that happens.

  39. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of bad breath in the morning?
    I brush my teeth once at night with a mouth wash and once in the morning after I get out of bed. Every other nights, I use water pik substituting for floss, but I use mouth wash every night and use the tongue cleaner every night as well. How can I get rid of bad breath? Any tips? Please explain.

    • ANSWER:
      You will never totally eliminate bad breath, especially in the morning. Your mouth is not eating or talking...therefore, bacteria lies dormant inside during the night. This is what causes bad breath. It doesn't matter that you brush, floss, mouth wash prior to bed. Bacteria will still lie dormant in an unused salivated cave. Time to accept it and deal with it.

  40. QUESTION:
    How do I tell him he has bad breath without sounding rude?
    Like I get it. He is my boyfriend and I love him dearly. But how do I tell him he has bad breath without sounding rude or making him feel bad? I am sorry but I do not think my lips can take anymore kissing of his lips with that kind of bad breath. Then when he talks about his day it's worse cause he sits right next to me. I brush my teeth like 3x a day at least and am also chew minty gum. You think I am asking too much of him to keep his breath fresh? Agh not sure how to go about this.

    • ANSWER:
      John, Being in a relationship means that you can say things to each other, and this is something he really needs to know.

      If you don't tell him, who will? It could be having a negative affect on him at work, etc., and people may be avoiding him.

      It could also be a dental or health issue... it needs to be addressed for his own good. Talk to him.

      When he comes home give him a kiss and then say, "uff... hon I think you brought lunch home with you... brush your teeth because I plan on giving you the kiss you deserve!" If he doesn't get the hint, then just say that there is something he needs to know, and perhaps only someone who loves him can say.... You will be doing him a favor.

  41. QUESTION:
    How can i tell if i have bad breath?
    I really need to kno if i have bad breath but im not sure because i brush my teeth 3 times a day, and i floss. I tried doing the licking the back of your hand thing but i dont smell anything, but sometimes when i talk i kinda taste something weird in my mouth and i sometimes can smell it but im not sure if this is bad breath. Also does having a dry mouth mean you have bad breath? What can i do to make sure i have bad breath or not? Please help because im really paranoid with this whole thing.
    and last night at a club a girl offered me gum, and im no sure if that meant that i do have bad breath

    • ANSWER:
      Put your hand out in front of your face. relese air from your mouth in a yawning grasp. Befroe the air escapes quickly get a whiff of it. If its seems okay to you then so will other people think well of your breath. But if it smells then other peole won't like the smell either unless you have a certain prefrence of smell you like.

  42. QUESTION:
    How to stop bad breath in the daytime?
    For reasons unknown to me (I'm not eating spicy foods,drinking caffeine,smoking or doing any of the things which generally cause bad breath!) I get bad breath periodically throughout the day. This is usually about half an hour after doing my teeth,or in the late afternoon.I brush my teeth twice a day,use mouth wash,chew gum and drink a lot of water but I still sometimes have a dry mouth which leads to stale and unpleasant breath! How can I stop this embarrassing problem?

    • ANSWER:
      I watched this Embarrassing Bodies episode once when a girl had bad breath always even though she brushed her teeth and stuff. The problem was that there was something wrong in her throat and that's why her breath smelled. You need to see your doctor and if you already have, then do some research on it. It sounds like you've got the same problem.

  43. QUESTION:
    hw to prevent bad breath when just getting up from bed in the Morning?
    I do brush my teeth n maintain regular mouth cleaning, why the hell i still hv some bad breath when i get up? any tips for that,thx.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. It would help you a lot if you understood what the main cause of bad breath is. Brushing the teeth is a must and will help bad breath to a small degree, however, the main cause of bad breath is the tongue, not the teeth. Bacteria grow on the top of the tongue and produce sulfur containing compounds, that is bad breath. The cure for bad breath is based on removing these bacteria by cleaning the tongue on a regular basis. Mouthwash, mints, gums, and toothpaste just coverup the bad breath for a short time. When you clean your tongue with OraBrush you remove the bacteria. OraBrush tongue clearner has individual, pointed, flexible and soft bristles which dig down into the indentations of the tongue and remove the bacteria. Learn more about the cause and cure of bad breath at: http://www.orabrush.com

  44. QUESTION:
    Okay so I brush my teeth like amazing good so how can I keep bad breath away?
    Okay so I like brush my teeth for like 5 mintues, then I floss and gargle with mouthwash and all that but how can I keep bad breath away for like 5 hours??? like how can I keep the good breath to stay?

    • ANSWER:
      That's partly the reason minty gum was invented :)

  45. QUESTION:
    How can English people get rid of the stereotype that they have bad breath?
    Should the government intervene and introduce a 'brush your teeth' day?
    should people with bad breath be stopped from getting married?
    should more floride be put into the water?
    should people with bad breath be taxed more?

    seriously what do you think should be done to convince the world English people are way better than everyone else?

    • ANSWER:
      by brushing their teeth six times a day

  46. QUESTION:
    How many of you brush your teeth before you get them cleaned at the dentist?
    Ever since I was a child I ALWAYS brushed my teeth prior to going to the dentist. However, now that I am a dental hygienist myself, it seems as though people enjoy going in without brushing them at all, resulting in major plaque buildup and bad breath. I'm not trying to be mean, but that's just my experience.

    So just out of curiosity, how many of you brush and how many do not prior to your appointment?

    • ANSWER:
      i brush my teeth before i go

      and if i was our and i couldn't brush my teeth, would chew gum

      i really don't wanna disgust my dentist lol

      u know what i would suggest is that when ever they call asking for an appointment let ur secretury

      tell them that they should brush their teeth before coming to u

      good luck

  47. QUESTION:
    What will permanently get rid of bad breath? How long will it take?
    I'm scared I have bad breath. Peoples reactions when I talk sometimes hint it. What can I do? Obviously brushing my teeth. How many times a day? Should I use mouthwash throughout the day? How long will it take to see results? Help please. Gimem toothbrushes to buy, mouthwashes, toothpastes. Any help plz.

    • ANSWER:
      You should be brushing after every meal, roughly three times per day for at least two minutes at a time. You should be using floss after every meal, and use mouthwash and a tongue scraper at least twice each day. Pay attention to what kinds of foods that you are eating. Also, do you have problems with dry mouth? Dry mouth and post nasal drip can cause bad breath, so keep hydrated. Have regular dental checkups (roughly once every six months) to ensure that you do not have cavities or gum disease. Also, you should go to the doctor if it is a concern for you, since underlying health conditions like diabetes can cause bad breath.

      You might want to avoid gum and mints that contain sugar because sugar actually FEEDS the bad breath-causing bacteria!

      You can also try natural cures such as baking soda, green cardamom, parsley/mint garnishes, brussel sprouts, and green tea. These help deodorize the halitosis.

  48. QUESTION:
    Bad smell in my nose, caused by sinus drainage or nasal secretions?
    I've had a bad smell in my nose for years now, it never really goes away and sometimes its worse than others. I do not have sinus problems, I never cough up phlegm like most people do, I am not sick either. I rarely get colds, maybe once a year. I do not have bad breath, Brush my teeth regularly and rinse with mouthwash. I dont have any infections.
    I clean my nostrils everyday with a q tip like most people so theres nothing up there.

    certain foods make it smell worse ( any food that makes my nose run) pizza, spaghetti, salad dressing, onions, garlic, ketchup are some of the worst foods that make it worse.

    I cant even stop and smell the roses like everybody else, they are enjoying smelling food, etc, and all i can smell is this snot. Smells kinda like cheese. What is this ?

    • ANSWER:
      one of my friends had very similar symptoms and it turned out to be a fungal infection deep inside the nasal canal. you should get it checked out by a doctor. >i am NOT a doctor<

  49. QUESTION:
    Bad smell in my nose, caused by sinus drainage or nasal secretions?
    I've had a bad smell in my nose for years now, it never really goes away and sometimes its worse than others. I do not have sinus problems, I never cough up phlegm like most people do, I am not sick either. I rarely get colds, maybe once a year. I do not have bad breath, Brush my teeth regularly and rinse with mouthwash. I dont have any infections.
    I clean my nostrils everyday with a q tip like most people so theres nothing up there.

    certain foods make it smell worse ( any food that makes my nose run) pizza, spaghetti, salad dressing, onions, garlic, ketchup are some of the worst foods that make it worse.

    I cant even stop and smell the roses like everybody else, they are enjoying smelling food, etc, and all i can smell is this snot. Smells kinda like cheese. What is this ?

    • ANSWER:
      it could be olfactory hallucination.olfactory is a nerve responsible for smelling so it could be hallucination.
      and some brain tumours can cause this but it is rare.

  50. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies for bad breath in the morning?
    Just before I leave the house I brush my teeth properly, but still when I'm out and about I still manage to get really bad breath, which puts people off severely... are there any HOME remedies I could use?

    • ANSWER:
      Most bad breath comes from the tongue. There are bacteria that grow and live in the crevices of the tongue, and when they grow to maturity, they emit a sulfurous odor. To get rid of bad breath, you need to remove this bacteria, and your toothbrush bristles cannot reach down in there to pull it out. There is only one product I know of that can remove the bacteria completely, and that is the Orabrush. Although it's not a home remedy, it is cheap compared to other solutions around the Internet. Check it out at www.Orabrush.com. I have been using mine for a couple months now, and I am extremely happy with it!

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