My breath is bad

My breath is so bad that people hold their hand to their nose when I’m around. I’m afraid I’ll lose my job over it. I brush my teeth 3-4 times a day, after every meal, gargle with mouth wash, floss my teeth, bought a water pik, take pro biotic and many other things and it won’t go away, it seems to get worse daily. It’s so embarrassing I try hard not to talk to people. Is there anything my dentist can prescribe for me?

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Answer: Halitosis

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

It sounds like your home care is more than sufficient.  If you have addressed this with your dentist and regularly have a professional dental cleaning, the issue may be internal.  You may consider scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician and have some tests run to see if you have a digestive issue that could be causing the bad breath.  In dentistry, halitosis is usually a byproduct of the anaerobic bacteria that causes periodontitis.  Until the disease is arrested and maintained, there is no quick fix or cure for the smell associated with it.  One must also stay on a 3-4 month hygiene cycle in order to stay ahead of the life cycle of the bacteria.  So, if you haven't addressed your concerns with your dentist and/or dental hygienist, do so immediately.  If you have and still have not received the answers you are looking for, your primary care physician may be able to pin point the issue and have you not only talking again with confidence, but smiling as well.  

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