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I often have a bad smell (according to my wife) emanating from my mouth...

I often have a bad smell (according to my wife) emanating from my mouth. I have had a dentist check and he found no issues. It seems that the smell emanates from my stomach. Could this be something I should be concerned about?

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The answer

Thank you for your question.

There are many reasons could be associated with your current issue. Unfortunately, we are unable to make specific suggestions without further information regarding your lifestyle and past medical history, therefore we would suggest speaking to your GP to discuss possible other causes. Your GP may want to investigate further, and will discuss this with you at your appointment. It might be suggested that before you see the doctor, you keep a note of any particular times that you find the problem worsens (e.g. on waking up, after food,) to discuss with the doctor. This may help with their diagnosis.

Some people may find that their breath changes due to their dietary intake, for example if you consume a high protein based diet, or large quantities of alcohol.

In the mean time there are many products available to help. It may be suggested that you speak with your local pharmacist to discuss products that available over the counter that can assist you in the interim.

We have included a link below if you would like to read further on the possible causes that may attribute to your current concerns. We hope you have found this useful.

Bad breath - NHS Factsheet

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses