Bad Breath Gut Bacteria

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of bad breath all day long. I brush and brush but my mouth still smells really bad.?
    I am looking for something to help with bad breath all day long.

    • ANSWER:
      --Make sure you floss regularly. I do it after EVERY meal and snack.

      --Review your diet overall to see what offending foods may top the list of causing bad breath.

      --If you have the guts, ask a relative or friend if your breath smells bad to them and how bad? Sometimes, what WE smell is not what others smell, and may be worse--or better--than what we actually think.

      --Nicole also has a point--a good teeth cleaning will help. Also ask the dental hygeinist to show you the proper way to floss--which will help scrape bacteria off the teeth and from under the gums. Most people just floss trying to remove food from between the teeth, which is only a part of the flossing process.

      --Brush your tongue regularly, not just your teeth.

      --There are tongue scrapers that you can buy in drugstores.

      --Are all your cavities filled? No broken teeth?

      --There are antibacterial or specialty mouthwashes, like Biotene, which also makes a gum. Check out eBay or Amazon.

      --If all else fails, a trip to the dentist is in order. Or call the office and ask if they can refer you to a dentist who specializes in bad breath difficulties.

      Good luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why is my puppies breath so bad?
    I have a 7 week old black lab, I have had her almost a week now. Her breath is so bad I dont know if something is wrong with her or what. I know this is not puppy breath it smells like she has eaten a skunk or something. Also when we take her outside she seems to chew on grass.I have givin her dog bones that help with bad dog breath as well as toys and they dont do a thing for it. Please someone help me. This is horriable.

    • ANSWER:
      Most of us have smelled dog halitosis (bad breath) at one time or another. It is the result of the foul odor-producing bacteria buildup in a dog s lungs, gut, or mouth. Chronic halitosis in a dog can indicate that it needs better dental care or there is a serious issue in its gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, or liver.

      Dog Breath Causes

      The more common serious issues are gum (periodontal) or dental disease, and generally the smaller a dog is, the more vulnerable it is to tartar and plague. There are more serious issues that are possible, but less common, which include more extreme medical problems in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, organs, or respiratory system.

      Diagnosing Dog Breath

      One should normally bring his or her pet to the veterinarian to diagnose the reason behind the chronic bad breath. A vet can do a physical eam and laboratory work to pinpoint the problem. Come prepared with information on your dog s diet, exercise routine, and behavioral habits.

      When Should I Take My Dog To The Vet?

      As soon as your dog s breath has an unusual smell, bring it to the vet. Here are some symptoms:

      1. Unusually fruity/sweet breath can signify diabetes, especially if the dog has been drinking fluids and urinating more than usual.
      2. Dog breath that smells like urine can mean kidney disease.
      3. Bad breath along with vomiting, lack of appetite, and yellow-tinged corneas and/or gums can signify a liver problem.

      Dog Breath Cure

      Obviously, treatment depends on the cause of dog breath. If plaque is the cause, the dog may need a professional dental cleaning. If diet is the cause, then you should change what your dog is eating. If the cause of bad breath is related to gastrointestinal, liver, kidney, or lung issues, the vet should know the best route to take.

      Prevent Dog Breath

      Just because a dog is older does not mean that it is normal to have bad breath. Always take action and provide the best care that you can for your pet, as a method of prevention. Here are some good things to do:

      1. Bring the dog in for regular checkups at the vet to make sure it has no underlying medical issues.
      2. Have the vet monitor the condition of the dog s teeth and breath.
      3. Provide the dog with a high-quality and easily digestible diet.
      4. Brush the dog s teeth everyday if possible or as frequently as you can if you cannot everyday. Be sure to brush with a toothpaste made for dog s, since toothpaste for human s can cause digestive problems in canines.
      5. Provide safe chew toys that encourage the natural process of chewing and teeth cleaning.
      6. Research dog treats that help with breath odor.
      7. Research dog oral health products to use at home and discuss them with your vet.

      Keep in mind that products designed to mask bad breath may not fix the cause of it. Also, most of these ideas discussed can also be used for cats.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long should it take for a ear infection to clear?
    My son is 2 months and he started on Amoxicillin on saturday. He gets it 3 times a day, how long should it take to start to work? He still has stuff coming out of his ears and it still smells. Should I bring him back in or wait for the full week of being on the Amoxicillin?

    • ANSWER:
      Your son is too young for this right now but I wish my sister in law had known about the following before her son went through years of middle ear infections. Again at two months he is too little. Ask your doctor about this. I found out about it from my dentist at a teeth cleaning and I am so grateful to her. Please pass on to other mommies. I hope this can help.
      Xylitol and Ear, Nose and Throat Infections

      Recurring middle ear infections pose a great health threat to children. Tubes are often inserted into the ear drum in children with these recurring infections to reduce the fluid that is attempting to wash out the infection from the middle ear. While this procedure sometimes helps to reduce the frequency of infections, it is also designed to help with hearing.

      Language, a critical part of learning, is built by auditory input during the first two years of life--the same period when ear infections are most common. If this input is dampened by infection or fluid in the middle ear during this important period, it can cause learning problems. One researcher demonstrated that even when properly treated, recurrent middle ear infections during the first two years result in significant impairment in reading ability up to the age of nine.7 Another study followed children longer and showed significant learning and social problems extending up to age eighteen.8

      One of xylitol's versatile benefits is its ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause middle ear infections in young children. In two recent studies involving over 1,000 children, xylitol-flavoured chewing gum was found to reduce the incidence of middle ear infections by 40 per cent, significantly decreasing ongoing middle ear complications and the need for antibiotics.

      Regularly washing the nose with a spray containing xylitol decreases the number of harmful bacteria and stimulates normal defensive washing of this area. A clean nose reduces problems with allergies and asthma that originate from nasal irritants and pollutants. Current research shows how bacteria attach to cells in the body, causing infection. Some sugars like xylitol are known to be able to interfere with this binding, blocking the attachment of the major infection-causing bacteria that live in the nose. Dr Lon Jones, a physician in Plainsview, Texas, reported that the use of a xylitol nasal spray in his practice prevented 93 per cent of ear infections and resulted in comparable reductions in sinus infections, allergies and asthma.9

      Xylitol has been shown to be effective in inhibiting Candida albicans, a serious systemic yeast problem, and other harmful gut bacteria including H. pylori, implicated in periodontal disease, bad breath, gastric and duodenal ulcers and even stomach cancer.

  4. QUESTION:
    My car has a nail fungus at the base of her nails. The vet is giving her a full spectrum antibiotic shot. It?
    Spectrum antibiotic shot. I am cleaning the tar like substance off but it keeps returning. Also, she has very bad breath which I am assuming is because of the yeast or bacteria in her system. Help!!

    • ANSWER:
      If your vet said your cat has nail FUNGUS and he/she is giving the cat an ANTIBIOTIC, your vet is a moron. An antibiotic will only make a fungal infection worse. That's why people who have taken lots of antibiotics often get yeast infections and Candidiasis (both caused by fungi). Make sure you understood your vet correctly. If this is the case, go to a new vet. Your cat needs an ANTIFUNGAL agent.

      Also try giving your cat "Probios". It's a powder that contains healthy bacteria that colonize your pet's gut and help it fight off fungal infections (and generally improve health). It's like how doctors tell you to eat yogurt when you are taking antibiotics to maintain the population of good bacteria in your gut. Antibiotics kill the bacteria that help animals fight off harmful infections (including nail fungus).

  5. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to avoid bad breath?
    no silly answers like chewing gum plz.

    • ANSWER:
      there are 3 things that cause halitosis, diet, plaque with germs and infection.

      fatty foods and rich or spicy foods can cause bad breath.
      not being able to thoroughly clean your teeth tongue and gums can cause bacteria to remain and cause bad breath.
      infections or virus's in the gut or mouth can cause bad breath.

      so check your having a varied healthy diet first.
      check your health, you may feel well but there may be an underlying cause.
      make sure you are getting into everywhere like the roof of your mouth and gums and tongue when your brushing and floss regularly.

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