Dr. Gott: This bad-breath problem solved

Nov 30, 2010 Full story: Erie Times-News

Q) For many years, I suffered with horrible breath, despite having had only one cavity in 40-plus years and brushing/flossing/tongue scraping/gargling constantly.

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Since: May 07

Reseda, CA

#1 Dec 6, 2010
There are several things that may cause bad breath. Dry mouth and gum disease are often linked to bad breath. This is because the volatile sulfur producing compounds in our mouth that cause bad breath thrive in a dry, anaerobic environment. When our mouths are full of healthy, oxygen-rich saliva, then it is harder for the bacteria to thrive and create bad breath.

Diet can also cause bad breath. Dairy foods, foods rich in sugar, a diet rich in meat products and alcohol can result in bad breath.

To avoid bad breath, brush, floss and use an oral rinse without alcohol in it 2-3 times a day. Make sure you brush the roof of your mouth and your tongue as well. Eating crisp fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots can help too. Try chewing a sugar-free gum that will help increase saliva production and stop dry mouth.

There’s an article titled “Bad Breath Remedies That Work” here: http://blog.therabreath.com/2010/08/bad-breat... . It gives some more tips on how to avoid stinky breath.

It’s true that people with their tonsils can have tonsil stones. Tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths are often misdiagnosed and fairly commonTonsil stones are caused by the accumulation of sulfur-producing bacteria and debris that become lodged in your tonsils. These can also lead to bad breath.

You may want to consider seeing your dentist, but most likely you can remove them at home. Use an oxygenating toothpaste and mouthwash. When used in combination with nasal sinus drops it should eliminate your tonsil stones, having your tonsils removed is probably not necessary.

There’s a really good site here: http://www.tonsilstones.com/

You can also learn more about tonsil stones and treatment here: http://www.therabreath.com/art_tonsilstones.a...

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