Bad Breath Even After Brushing Tongue

Frequently Asked Questions

    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

    How long will it take for my white tongue and bad breath to go..?
    I've had this for about 3 years now, and I didn't use to brush my tongue and now this is the consequence! I bought an orabrush like 8 days ago, and have been using it to brush my tongue. And I brush my teeth well.. But the thing is, I have braces, so I think that that's contributing aswell! But the bad breath is coming from the back of my throat.. Do you have any home remedies that could help?


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      Hi, I've sufffered with this problem for years. I wish I knew you I would've told you not to waste your money on that orabrush. And those reports like the one suggested above are sometimes basic household items that doesn't help people with severe cases.

      What has helped many people is probiotics (pick up a bottle from most pharmacies), vitamin C has helped a lot of people within days (800-1000 mgs a day), also A, B and D vitamins, antiacids like prilosec, prevacid, zantac. There's a supplement called HCL (drawing a blank of full name) that people who need more acid take to help digest there food. This has helped A LOT of people and have cleared their bad breat issues w/in days. ( This is essentially the opposite of acid reflux I think, where you develop an over production of acid due to foods you eat, etc.)

      You could have tonsil stones -- google and look in to some of the techniques used to clean them if you think you have them or have a history of having them. Many people on -- bad breath section have posted various ways of cleaning them.

      I've met a few people who say they've been helped by things like gargling with Grape Seed Extract, or Hydrogen Peroxide, oxygen water, therabreath products, things like that.

      Also look into digestive enzymes. There are several different ones - google. You could have a problem with digesting meats, foods high in protein, etc.

      Have you been tested for H. Pylori? This is what I had but none of the antibiotics have helped me, despite being put on several different ones. Through careful diet I was able to get rid of it but still have bad breath unfortunately. The antibiotics have helped many people though. Read around and do some research. You can be cured of this problem but it might take a bit of research. Write down all your symptoms. Does your bad breath worsen with certain types of food, medications. Could you be lactose intolerant (people who can't eat dairy).

      Good luck. Your definitely not alone in this awful dilimma.

    Does brushing your tongue with toothpaste give you fresh breath?
    I don't know where I heard it, but I swear I did hear it. Is it true? Are tongues the cause of bad breath, and brushing it makes the smell go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Your actually supposed to brush your tongue :) a lot of bacteria lives on your tongue, usually the bacteria that has been washed away by your saliva from your teeth. Brushing your tongue will help but it won't make the bad breath stay away.

    How do i solve this bad breath problem?
    Ok so i brush every day in the morning I floss and I use mouth wash I even brush my tongue but for some weird reason my breath still smells. Its not a cavity or anything because i go to the dentist every six months. Is there a disease that has a side effect:Bad breath?

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      Halitosis is known to cause bad breath. It could be a certain kind of food you're eating as well, I have a friend who gave up coffee because no matter hoe much he brushed etc he had horrible breath for most of the day after having a cup. Keep track of what you eat for a week and see if you can spot any triggers for your breath smelling bad. Good luck!

    How can I get rid of my 3 yr old's bad breath?
    No matter how many times I brush her teeth or how long, in minutes after brushing stills lingers the smell of bad breath. I know bad breath is caused by bacteria and I have been told by some to brush her tongue, but I heard that could brush off taste buds too and could be a bad thing. I can't think of anything in her food that could be causing this. She is a nibbler. She won't finish a full meal but will nibble constantly throughout the day.
    Ok I appreciate everyone who could answer my question in a civilized and respectful manner, but I still cannot believe how many of you are just flat out rude and seem to have no clue so you just make things up to assume! Like the stupidity of telling me to quit feeding my daughter onions. Nobody in my house eats onions. None of us like them. Second, whoever said it was rotting teeth, Umm, my daughter's teeth have been checked out and they are perfect so I'm told. Anyway, thanks to those of you who were decent human beings in your answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually it is caused by:
      a) A tooth (caries)
      b) A stomach disease.
      c) Flu (the accumulate mucus in the throat)

      Talk to your doctor ...

    How do I get rid of bad breath?
    I brush my teeth everyday twice a day and I brush my tongue too. I floss regularly. I use mouthwash. I use mints and gum. My bad breath doesn't go away!!! Even when I put like 3 mints in my mouth at once, the bad breath only goes away for like 5 minutes? What do I do?

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      Are you taking any medications?
      Sometimes they can cause side affects and bad breath is one of them. Follow your diet and see if you are eating a lot of something that maybe the reason for this like onions, garlic, or some kinds of fish. Stay away from stinky drinks they tempt to linger around in your mouth. When you eat gum make sure its sugar less.
      Do not use mints because they contain sugar and sugar feeds bacteria. Drink enough water daily its cleansing. Floss after each meal. But chances are that your breath is not as bad as you think -So ask somebody. Try different flavored tooth pastes.
      and here are some tips I found online a while ago

      * The people of South America start their mornings by gargling with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water. This keeps their breath fresh throughout the day.
      * To keep your toothbrush free of bacteria, store it, head down, in a lidded plastic tumbler of hydrogen peroxide. Rinse the brush down well before you use it.
      * Here's how to properly check for bad breath (the classic way of blowing into the palms and smelling them is a placebo: you may think you're ok but you are not): Lick the back of your hand and then smell it, if no odor is sensed - just the 'presence' of normal saliva, then you are good to go!

      kk if not check with a dentist or doctor because it may be an internal problem such as poor digestion and such.
      Best Wishes

    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!

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      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.

    Does bad breath come from your tongue or between teeth below the gumline?
    I saw an ad that says bad breath is from the tongue, but whenever I floss it smells bad so why isnt it from between the teeth?

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      Because the bacteria responsible for producing the sulfur compounds breed best in low-oxygen environments, they tend to gather at the back of the tongue. Plaque, that white sticky substance that you can see in the mirror stuck to the back of your tongue that you just can’t seem to brush away—helps shield the bacteria against oxygen and permits them to breed faster and cause more severe bad breath.

      Bad breath products such as toothpastes that are designed to eliminate plaque are highly recommended but it may be possible that they will prove ineffective if the problem has existed for quite some time. In cases of severe plaque at the back of the tongue, it will be necessary to see your dentist in order to fully treat bad breath. The dentist will perform a very uncomfortable but necessary procedure known as a tongue scraping.

      Once the layer is removed from the back of the tongue and on any other soft tissue in the mouth, you should no longer have a bad breath problem. So long as you remember to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing the tongue, that should be sufficient enough to prevent bad breath problems from returning.


    How can I control my bad breath?
    I recently quit my job because my breath was so bad. People would back up and stare at my mouth. I've been to, two different dentist. They both say I have healthy teeth. I floss after every meal. I brush my teeth 3 times a day. I brush my tongue. I have a strict diet no spices no garlic. How can I control my bad breath, it's ruinning my life?

    • ANSWER:
      i would ask your dentist if he/she thinks you should see an E.N.T. specialist-maybe you have a problem with your tonsils or something. there can be small sacs in your tonsils that can collect bacteria and produce a bad odor, this could be your problem. generally bad breath caused by a dental related problem is from an infected tooth or gums or simply poor oral hygiene-if your dentist says you have a clean bill of dental health then its probably not coming from your teeth. good luck

    How to stop a bad breath issue fast?
    I brush my tongue every time I brush my teeth yet my parents still tell me I have bad breath...yeah its embarrassing. How can I stop this? And even more is having bad breath a potential sign for something bad like a disease? I don't have any other symptoms just bad breath I guess my teeth don't hurt or anything.

    Also sometimes my gums bleed when I brush my teeth but I think its because I brush too hard.

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      When you're brushing, massage your gums more with circular gentle brushing.
      As for your breath, try using mouthwash such as Listerine, it helps. There is also gels you may put on top of your toothpaste to help.
      Finally, visiting a dentist and asking about it is always a great option.

    How long will my breath stay fresh?
    Ok, so I just took about 20 minutes trying to get my breath fresh. I have chronic bad breath, so I just brushed my teeth, tongue, and roof of my mouth really well. My breath already smelled better after that, but then I rinsed with Listerine mouthwash, and now it smells really good.

    How long should my breath stay fresh?

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      It will stay fresh as long as you keep the bacteria on your tongue from growing back. The major cause of bad breath is the bacteria on your tongue. Just as you have testified. Really cleaning your mouth is the key. If you have not tried OraBrush tongue cleaner you should because it is the best tongue cleaner I have every used. I got one 5 months ago and now use it every time I brush my teeth. My tells me I have kissing sweet breath. OraBrush works for me.

    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?

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      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.

    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?

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      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.

    How do I get rid of my really bad breath?
    I suffered from bad breath for a long time now. I brush, floss, clean my tongue with a scaper and risre with mouthwash every meals, but the smell still there. Every morning I drank a cup of coffee and drink water often. I seem to be eathing healthy. How do I get rid of my bad breath?

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      It could not be of oral origin, it might be coming from stomach ( do u have upset stomach often, like acidity?) or lungs ( Like in case of diabetes)

    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.
    I also do that.
    But actually I don't floss regularly...It's kinda hard with braces and takes a lot of time.

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      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.

    How can I brush my tongue without gagging?
    Okay. So I have a bad breath problem. ): I brush my gums and teeth very well. But I have a
    feeling the food stuff on the back of my tongue is the problem. Whenever I go to brush/scrape
    the top of my tongue (or even the roof of my mouth) I gag. Horrible feeling.
    Does anyone know any tricks to stop the gagging? Thanks so much in advanced.

    • ANSWER:
      Curl your toes and breathe through your mouth. If you keep brushing you can even move the reflex back farther.

    Will a dentist write me a prescription for bad breath?
    I have had bad breath for awhile. I brush, floss, and use mouthwash. As a matter of fact, the hygenist always says how clean my teeth are. I brush my tongue but I still have a smelly coating what can I get? Thanks!

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      Bad Breath affects millions of people all over the world. Sometimes even brushing regularly, flossing and tongue scraping does not do the trick. You have to be careful in using strong mouthwash because they make your breath smell worst. Mouthwash mask the smell, it does not totally eliminate it. Look for a mouthwash with NO alcohol. Stay away from food that can stimulate bad breath like garlic, cheese and spicy foods.

      You can also consider taking internal breath fresheners. Since you mentioned that you brush and floss regularly, I reckon there's something going on inside. These products are usually made of natural ingredients with anti-bacterial properties and they are usually taken before or after a meal.

      Medicated toothpaste, mouthwash and oxygenated gums can also help you in dealing with bad breath.

      You can also drink raw juices from green vegetables to help stabilize bacteria in both your stomach and your mouth. If you want it plain and simple on how you can cure bad breath naturally, you can just gargle with baking soda dissolved in warm water.

      Try to experiment. What works for somebody may not work for the rest of us ya know.

    How long does your breath stay fresh after brushing your teeth?
    I want to start good dental habits and get rid of my bad breath. I was thinking brushing twice a day, flossing before bed, using mouth wash after each brush, tongue scrapping after each brush, and start eating healthily.

    After how long will i have good oral hygeine and fresh breath that will last 5 hours or more?

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      It doesn't. You just think it does. The reason is that most bad breath comes from the top of the tongue, not the teeth. Brushing just causes some of the toothpaste to collect on the top of the tongue so you taste the toothpaste and think you do not have bad breath. After a short time the smell from the top of the tongue win out. Good oral hygiene is: brush and floss your teeth and then clean the top of your tongue with a tongue brush that has both a brush and scraper. You must remove the bacteria and food and drink residue that collect there in the deep indentations of the tongue surface. See http// Test have shown that using OraBrush tongue cleaner will control bad breath up to 12hours.

    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?

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      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 and search on "halitosis".

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

    What are some tips to eliminate bad breath?
    I brush, floss, mouthwash, and use a tongue scraper. I still cant seem to get rid of bad breath. I am currently using tips like mint gum and peppermint chapstick. All of these combined seem to be working, but...

    Does anyone have any other tips?
    I go to a dentist regularly thanks. And like I said, the things I mentioned, when all done, are effective. I was just looking for extra tips.

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      The best toothpaste for bad breath would be something with perioxide and baking soda! Try arm and hammers perioxi-care.Make sure your using a antibacterial mouthwash.Crest pro health is great.if your Chewing gum make sure its sugarless.If you chew sugared gum the sugar will linger in your mouth.Cinnamon is actually better than mint because it has antibacterial properties.Last but not least if you cant control your breath go see your dr or dentist there may be an underlying cause!Good luck!

    How to determine where bad breath is coming from?
    How can you tell if bad breath is coming from either the stomach, tongue, teeth or gums?

    My dentist says that my teeth and gums are fine, but my gums are a really dull colour and after i eat something sugary, i feel the plaque on my teeth.
    I get bad breath all the time. even after brushing my teeth and tongue, flossing and using mouthwash.

    • ANSWER:
      This question has been answered by scientist at the School of Dental Medicine in New York. They showed that bad breath is caused by a bacteria (Solobacterium moorei) on the tongue. This bacteria looks white and can be seen on the back of the tongue. If you have a white tongue you have bad breath. Mints, gum, mouthwash, toothpaste will cover up bad breath for a short time. But to get rid of bad breath you must clean the tongue with a tongue cleaner. I use OraBrush tongue cleaner. There is also a way to smell your own bad breath. This Information is on

    My tongue gives me bad breath, but I brush and scrape it in the morning, and it's back 3 hours later?
    I have chronic bad breath because of my tongue.

    I brush and scrape it every morning, but 3 hours later, my tongue has white fuzz and a brown film on it that causes my bad-breath.

    I seriously have to brush and scrape my tongue every 2-3 hours, otherwise my breath gets bad.

    It's SOOO annoying. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      i know exactly what you're talking about and the good news i got for you is that there is a cure and you don't have to suffer because of your bad breath.
      there is a product i really recommend of and you can find it here (it's the first one from top)

      by the way, if you got a real bad "bad breath" so all the common remedy's won't really help (such as tongue scrapper and mints and so on...)
      good luck

    How far back on your tounge do I brush to help eliminate bad breath?
    So I have bad breath and I'm trying to work on it. I brush twice a day and use mouthwash twice a day and I still have very bad breath!!!! Help? I know brushing your tounge can help and I think I need to brush farther back, but I can't because anymore and I'll touch my uvula. Is that too far back? Can anyone help with bad breath in general?

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      I would also check with your dentist to see if your gums have any infection going on. The bacteria that cause that disease smell very bad. If you have tartar under the gums that you can't see, you can brush all day long, floss tongue scrape, swish w listerine and that smell will not go away! You have to have that tartar physically removed by a professional. Also, if you have a tooth that is decayed, that can smell bad. Huge tonsils with pits can also create a sulfuric smell. The best toothpaste and rinse I have found for breath is Crest Pro Health. Breath RX also has an amazing tongue scraper and it can be washed in the dishwasher.

      Also, sweet-smelling fruity acetone breath could be a sign of diabetes.

    How do I rid my tongue of bacteria by tomorrow?
    I start high school tomorrow, but I've got a problem: after a long day yesterday, I skipped brushing last night, and now my tongue is covered in a white biofilm. The last thing I want on my first day of high school is bad breath, so what can I do about it? I've tried brushing and scraping my tongue, but I still have the bad breath. Do H2O2 and salt rinses help? Thanks!

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      The tongue is a common source of bad breath, but it may not be the only problem. When's the last time you flossed your teeth? If you don't believe that this can cause bad breath, floss your teeth and then smell the string of floss. You will be amazed at how bad it can smell. Since you've already tried brushing your tongue, try flossing followed by mouthwash and see if that helps.

      Remember to brush twice a day every day with nightly flossing. Mouthwash morning and night helps too!

    How can I begin to educate the world about dental hygeine?
    I am on a personal crusade to eliminate bad breath. I think it's the most disgusting thing on this earth. I'm not necessarily so concerned about things like garlic breath and coffee breath and all that but I'm really referring to that stench of dead meat that makes you want to vomit. Personally I have no qualms about checking with my partner and close friends about my own - and I am diligent about flossing daily and brushing my tongue etc. And for all you smart-arses out there I don't have BO either. Let's get this thing on the road. You have to treat your mouth like the rest of you. Keep it clean! What does everyone think?

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      Sweetie, I'm a hygienist and I've been on the same crusade for the past 13 years. I just don't get why people think it is okay to not brush their teeth. I feel like sometimes I'm wasting my breath trying to educate people. Not only is it disgusting but oral health also has an impact on overall health. So come on people,, BRUSH< FLOSS< RINSE and give those of us around you a break.

    I am using all to clean my bad breath?
    i am using Oral-B mouth wash and brushing my teeth twice a day(morning & night before to bed), plus brushing my tongue sideways and on top of it. I am always Gargling my mouth after any meal so that food doesn't get stuck in my teeth. All this i have been doing and yet sometimes when i speak to people they tend to cover their nose or move a step back.Other times they don't do that.

    I am afraid to ask them if i have bad breath.I once asked my friend and he said i didn't have after we had dinner.I am planning to ask this collegue in my work place, a good friend later " Do i have bad breath whenever i speak ? ". Is it a good idea?
    Plus i am eating Natural yoghurt (No sugar added) to prevent bad breath in my digestive system.Read about it in a reader's digest book.

    • ANSWER:
      You should make an appointment with a dentist to be sure that you do not have serious periodontal disease. If you do have gum disease, you can be treated for it and stop the problem. If gum disease is not the issue, there are several reasons why you could have chronic halitosis, including being infected with a bacteria called h. pylori. This bacteria causes stomach ulcers as well as halitosis, so you should get the ball rolling on being evaluated. A simple yet lengthy course of antibiotics can correct this infection if it is to blame. If your dentist doesn't see anything wrong, you should see a physician about it. Good luck.

    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.

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      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.

    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 :)

    Why does the gum around my last molar stink?
    I am 17 and I've had this problem already for about three years. I generally brush two times a day or more, thoroughly. I also brush my tongue. I know that the reason I always have bad breath is because of the gum on my hind-right molar. It produces a terrible-tasting saliva that makes my breath stink. The tooth itself looks fine to me. The smell tends to kick up more in the winter. This doesn't happen near any of my other teeth. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      You have some sort of infection, or there's a pocket in between the tooth and gum that fills up with food. Probably the pocket thing, as an infection should have cleared up or gone systemic by now.

    Could eating large amounts of cooked onions and garlic cause bad breath?
    My mum puts heavy, heavy amounts of onions and garlic in my dinner each day. She puts about a cup of blended onions and blocks and blocks of frozen garlic into whatever she is cooking.

    Do you think this is having an impact on my breath? Could a diet like this be the reason why i get constant bad breath? Even after i floss, brush, use mouthwash, brush my tongue..i still get really bad breath?

    • ANSWER:
      A simple answer: YES!

    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.

    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.

      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.

    How can I keep my breath fresh all day when I have braces?
    I have noticed that alot of people I know dont have bad breath at all even after they eat. I always have bad breath and I have to have gum with me every second. I want to not have to chew gum every second and I brush my tongue but what are some other tips. Thanks!
    sorry also what are some tips even when I am in public or at school to keep it fresh when I just cant go brush whenever and plush I dont want to have bad breath around my boyfriend

    • ANSWER:
      Well make sure before you go out you brush, floss and use mouthwash in necessary. Always keep some small mints around or some gum. If you just ate out in public, excuse yourself to the bathroom where you can privately brush your teeth.

    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

      Hope the above helps.

    how do i get good smelling breath without having to pay for fancy perfumes or other expencive products?
    how do i get good smelling breath without having to pay for fancy perfumes or other expensive products? i brush my teeth twice a day, brush my tongue everytime i brush my teeth, and i use mouth wash but i still have bad breath what shoud i do?

    • ANSWER:
      I hope breath-mints solve the problem.
      If it doesn't work I hope it's nothing serious or medical.

      Please don't shoot the messenger.
      You are doing some of the right things, however, you probably need to do them better by properly brushing your teeth with toothpaste 2-3 times daily. A possible missed area, major cause (among many other hard to reach areas) of halitosis (bad breath) is the top of the tongue, especially the back section where bacteria grow and causes bad breath. Use an OraBrush or similar tongue cleaner and to clean your tongue every time you brush. Cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush is not as good. Use Listerine mouthwash or similar antiseptic mouthwash twice a day. Properly floss at least once a day. And see you dentist 2-4 times a year for a professional dental cleaning.
      Once you find out the root of the problem, it will give you the coolness to be around those you love.
      Professional dental cleaning is essential to remove dental plaque that bacteria grows more rapidly from various causes that may have been missed; that can cause irritation of the gums around the teeth (see source below) that could lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease and tooth loss. Bacteria are frequently the cause of bad breath, a first indicator of more possible problems. For example bacteria will leads to tarter built up on the teeth. Tarter build up calcifies (making another hard to clean area) allowing bacteria to invade, causing red swollen gums, yellow or brown discoloration of the teeth (esp. the molars), tooth loss, cracked teeth, bleeding gums, and septicemia (bacterial infection which gets into the blood stream) which leads to kidney, liver, and heart failure.
      However, if you have deep gingival pockets (deeper than 4 mm) than home rinses or brushing will not work because it cannot penetrate deep enough into the pockets to eliminate the bacteria at the bottom of the pocket. Tooth brushing and flossing cleanses about 1.5 mm below the gum-line if done very well. Mouth rinses do not penetrate deep pockets greater than 2 mm.
      Therefore, to remove bacteria in deep pockets; you must get a deep cleaning from your dentist.
      A combination of part of the above, is the key.

    What can I do to eliminate bad breath?
    Ive gotten my teeth cleaned, i have no bad cavities, my gums are healthy, I brush my tongue and the top of my mouth, I floss... Why do I still have bad breath? I notice ppl covering there nose when talking to me and I quickly leave and they don't object... They say ok bye..

    • ANSWER:
      sometimes consuming acidic things will be the reason. Do u smoke? Drink coffee? Dairy? Etc. If u cease consumption of acid causing things, ur bad breath will vanish.

    My boyfriend has bad breath in the morning?
    How can I get rid of my boyfriends bad breath when he wakes up of a morning?

    Before bed he always flosses, brushes, cleans his tongue and uses mouth wash but the problem still persists.

    Has anyone had this problem before? And if so what was your remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      Uhmm well, sorry to say there is'nt a cure for "Morning Breath"
      There are things that can help, though. Gargling with saltwater before bed helps.
      Maybe he should get in the habit of waking up and brushing his teeth asap.

    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.

    Is there something dead living in my mouth?
    I read that brushing your teeth after every meal is bad because it erodes your teeth.

    But I need to brush my tongue because after i eat my breath smells like something crawled in my month and died. I've been losing friendships over bad breath. Mouthwash does not do it fully. I need to scrub.

    So should at least scrub my tongue to get rid of the dead thing living in there?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the dentist. You may have gum disease or another oral condition that's causing your bad breath. You need to get it checked out.

    Why do I get occassional bad breath?
    I brush my teeth, floss, and use mouthwash daily. I went to the dentist a week ago and she told me that my gums and teeth were healthy. I also brush the tongue whenever I brush. I thought I might have something wrong with my inner organs, so I went to the doctor, but he too, told me that they were healthy. I do smoke, but I only smoke 1-2 cigarettes a day or a few per week. I also chew sugarless gum and drink water. Why do I have occassional bad breath? Sometimes I do and other times, I don't. Why?

    • ANSWER:
      You said that you smoke, and that is one of the causes for bad breath. You also said that you get it from time to time, but not always. It depends on what you eat and the fact that you smoke can affect your breath too. If you eat foods such as garlic or onions, even if you chew sugarless gum, brush your teeth afterwards, or use mouthwash, they still remain in the stomach, and when you exhale, you still exhale that air. Same goes for smoking. You may only smoke a cigarette a day, but that air remains in your lungs, which can affect your breath. I suggest you stop smoking. This is another good reason not to smoke.

    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.

    Bad breath and white spots on my tongue?
    I have white and red bumps on the back of my tongue, and it seems like my tongue is swollen. Also, I brush my teeth & tongue everyday twice a day but I still have bad breath and a bad taste in my mouth. I went to the doctor 'cause I thought it was Thrush and he said it didn't look like Thrush but gave me a pill for it anyway, it still hasn't gone away.

    • ANSWER:
      First, you need to know that most bad breath is caused by the bacteria, Solobacterium moorei, that lives on the top of your tongue, especially on the back of your tongue. You can see this bacteria as white stuff on your tongue. It is possible that this bacteria has been very active recently and now you are aware of it more. The only way to get rid of this bacteria is to clean it off your tongue. I suggest an OraBrush tongue cleaner because it is designed to clean the tongue. Others may suggest a tongue scraper or a toothbrush, however, these do not get the bacteria out of the deep indentations of your tongue.
      It will help OraBrush to clean better if you use a good quality Mouthwash. Do not be fooled by the claim that mouthwashes kill all of the bacteria because while they do kill some bacteria they do not sterilize your mouth. Just brush and floss your teeth and then clean your tongue with OraBrush twice a day. You will notice a great difference in just a day or two. If you lived in Utah you could get OraBrush at your local WalMart store. If you live somewhere else you can get it on the website:

    why does my breath smell so bad even after i brush my teeth? I brush them sometimes even 4 times a day?
    I brush my tongue so much it bleeds sometimes. my tongue just stays white and now my gums arent that pink anymore either. my dentist says everything looks good but there has to be a problem if my bad breath wont go away. I've had this problem ever since i was in the 6th grade. idk if theres something wrong with my stomach? sometimes i feel like a bad smell comes from there too. i just want some answer to get rid of this horrible problem!
    no i dont vomit at all, my doc does tell me im constipated. i do chew gum and eat mints but it seems like whatever i eat or chew no matter how good it smeels, once it goes in my mouth and i breathe out, it stinks :(
    no matter what i eat it still smells bad. i hope i dont have to get my teeth pulled.. i just wanna know why i have this problem and how to get rid of it. my denitst and doc dont really tell me much to help.

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    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

    How to minimize the effect of bad breath with post nasal drip?
    I have post nasal drip, i don't have bad breath coming from my nose so that's irrelevant. I clean the back of my tongue every morning and my tonsil twice a month.

    I don't take medication, live a healthy life, only thing is i have bad breath any suggestion.

    Please no silly answers like brush your teeth or use mouthwash.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be coming from ur stomach.
      but if all else fail carry around some gum.

    How do I completely eliminate bad breath?
    I don't have extremely awful bad breath or anything, but after flossing every night, brushing 2-3 times a day, and using listerine at night, I am just curious why I still wake up in the morning with bad breath.

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to completely eliminate bad breath is to stop breathing. Everyone has "morning breath." During the night you don't drink, eat, talk (presumably), or do anything to disturb the formation of bacterial colonies. No matter how much you clean your mouth, you cannot eliminate all the bacteria. They colonize overnight and release sulfur-containing compounds. Sulfur compounds smell bad. You can use a tongue scraper or brush your tongue before bed to reduce the bacteria on your tongue, but you still will have some odor in the morning.

    How can you get rid of bad breath for forever?
    I have bad odar breath everyday i dont know why. I brush my teeth 3 times, my gum, my, tongue, and my teeth, it helps alittle but then the smell just comes back. Please help. And i never talk in school cause of it or anywhere. Please help me thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Use a mouth wash with alcohol like Oral B (the kind with mint). Have a strong mint like a mint flavored tic tac. Get a tongue brush, like Ora B. Odor usually grows on the tongue, and this helps to gently yet effectively clean it off. Talk to your dentist about your hygiene issues.

    Is washing your teeth the only solution to get rid of bad breath?
    I do wash my teeth and scrub my tongue, but a few minutes later, people start complaining about my bad breath. My parents say it's probably because I haven't eaten anything. I have tried gargling but once again, it's only very temporary. Aren't there possibly any other solutions to get rid of my bad breath? Don't simply state those sprays with a mint scent because they seriously don't help.

    • ANSWER:
      mouthwash with alcohol can worsen your bad breath problem for definitely it can cause dry mouth which can speed up the production of bad bacteria inside the mouth. choose a mouthwash that has natural ingredients like essential oils.

      cut off chewing gums and mints for they contain sugar in which bad bacteria in the mouth can feed on, thus can make your bad breath problem really worse. if you think they are good in masking bad breath, well you are wronge because they are of no use in eliminating bad bad bacteria in the oral cavity.

      try to avoid foods that are garlicky. sometimes bad breath can come from stomach related illness. it can also have a lot of causes like poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, sinusitis, medications, bacteria, gum disease and gum infections. to determine the cause of your bad breath, you may need the help of a dental expert or dentist.

      have a good oral hygiene habits after meal, be sure to floss, brush, and scrape your tongue carefully and properly. keep your mouth hydrated by drinking lots of water. for more tips to get rid of bad breath visit

    How do I tell my partner he has really bad breath?
    My partner has had bad breath for a while now. I've noticed lately he hasn't been brushing every night. He says it makes him gag. I can't stand the smell anymore. I'm trying to stay away from him but at times it is unavoidable. He obviously can't smell it but I can. I have a bit of a problem being confrontational and saying something to him. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is my personal story. Maybe it will help you. My wife quit kissing me. I kept asking her and finally she said, "You have bad breath". I was hurt because I could not smell my own bad breath. I got on the internet and learned that most bad breath is caused by bacteria on the tongue. I did not know this. I thought bad breath was caused by not brushing the teeth. Anyway, I found out about OraBrush tongue cleaner. I asked my dentist about OraBrush and he told me to try one. So I have been cleaning my tongue every time I brush my teeth for about 5 months. My wife will kiss me know and we often check each others breath. It has really helped our relationship. Here is the website if you are interested:

    What are the causes of bad breath?
    I have bad breath although I brush my teeh twice a day , everyday. What is causing my bad breath? & what can I do to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      It is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grow in the mouth. When you don't brush and floss regularly, bacteria accumulate on the bits of food left in your mouth and between your teeth. The sulfur compounds released by these bacteria make your breath smell.

      Certain foods, especially ones like garlic and onions will also cause bad breath...

      If you're concerned about bad breath, make sure you're taking care of your teeth and mouth properly. The truth is that most people only brush their teeth for 30 to 45 seconds, which just doesn't cut it. To sufficiently clean all the surfaces of your teeth, you should brush for at least 2 minutes at least twice a day. Remember to brush your tongue, too — bacteria love to hang out there. It's equally important to floss because brushing alone won't remove harmful plaque and food particles that become stuck between your teeth and gums. Some sugar-free gums and mints can temporarily mask odors, too.

      If you brush and floss properly and visit your dentist for regular cleanings, but your bad breath persists, you may have a medical problem like sinusitis or gum disease. Call your doctor or dentist if you suspect a problem. They can figure out if something else is behind your bad breath and help you take care of it.

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