conditions bad-breath


Bad Breath

Other:Bad Breath
ICD-10 Codes:R19.6


Top 3 natural treatments for bad breath:

1. proper oral hygien
2. antimicrobial berbs
2. digestive enzymes

Naturopathic Treatments

• salt-water gargle
• flossing
• tongue scraping
• sodium bicarbonate (gum or toothpaste)
• nasal irrigation (post-nasal drip)

Specific foods
• green tea

• ginseng (Panax ginseng) - when associated with H. pylori
antimicrobial tincture - eliminates bacterial sinusitis, tonsilitis, H. pylori, etc.
- sage (Salvia officinalis)
- purple cone flower (Echinacea purpurea)
- thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
- goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
• magnolia bark extract
bitter herbs - ensures proper digestion
• digestive enzymes

• chlorophyll

Conventional Treatments

• mouth wash containing cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorhexidine, chlorine dioxide, or zinc;
• dental treatment (e.g. for gum disease)
• cleaning the tongue surface

Signs & Symptoms

• foul mouth odour
• may resemble the smell of volatile sulfur compounds


• abscess (e.g. peritonsillar, gingival)
• pharyngitis
• adenoiditis
• rhinitis
• bronchiectasis
• stomatitis


• unpleasant odors detected on exhale
• may be the result of:
- bacterial infection
- food (e.g. garlic, cheese, fish)
- dental problems
- dry mouth
- tobacco products
- mouth/nose/throat conditions (e.g. postnasal drip)
- other diseases (e.g. GERD, kidney disease, liver failure)
• usually a temporary condition that can be reversed with proper dental hygiene (e.g. brushing, flossing), especially of the tongue
• the tongue is the ideal breeding grounds for anaerobic bacteria and the most common source of halitosis since it produces offensive compounds and fatty acids; the posterior dorsum tends to be poorly cleaned, dry, and exposed to food remnants, dead cells and post-nasal drip


• physical exam (throat, mouth, nose)
• subjective history
• diet review
• determine if secondary to e.g. post-nasal drip

Diagnostic Tests
• third party sniff test
• halimeter
gas chromatography
• BANA test
• B-galactosidase test


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