(Closed) bad breath problem

posted 6 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Show him your post? Maybe if he knew you were reaching out to strangers on the internet, he’d realize how bad of a problem it is and how concerned you are about the deeper health issues that could be involved. Good luck.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It might be a medical issue related to digestion. Perhaps who he needs to see is a doctor, rather than a dentist.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Make the appointment for him yourself, and physically take him there. Teeth are one thing not to mess around with or to just let problems linger.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It’s probably periodontitis, gum disease.  My Fiance neglected to get his teeth cleaned for a couple of years in college and ended up having to get his teeth scaled and planed to get rid of it.  His breath smelled bad all the time, too.  Your Fiance definitely needs to go to the dentist–if it gets past the early stages, you can have permanent damage.  The treatment won’t be cheap, but it’ll be worth it!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Get him to the dentist ASAP!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@drainalove: Does he have insurance? If he does get the insurance card and schedule the appointment. Go with him for support and do something nice for him for addressing the issue. Maybe he is afraid of the dentist but he needs to get over it.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I agree with that it could be related to periodontis or even a digestion issue.  I went through something similar with my husband and I talked to my mom about it (my mom is a dental hygenist).  She said that using mouthwash with alcohol, like Listerine in it can actually cause breath to be worse.  Try switching it out something without alcohol and see if that makes a difference. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would add to Soladylike’s post that if he doesn’t have insurance you can get a dental discount card for pretty cheap.  It’ll be worth it for the savings since he hasn’t been to the dentist in a while–they’ll probably want to do x-rays, as well as whatever else he actually needs.  Just Google “dental discount card”.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am a dental hygienist, and it sounds like he has a pretty good case of periodontitis.  When plaque and dental calculus accumulate below the gumline, it can create pus and infection that create a foul odor. He needs to see a dentist.

A lot of plaque hides in the taste buds of the tongue and creates halitosis… brushing your tongue daily with a toothbrush or tongue scraper will help also.  Alcohol mouthwashes are contraindicated with people who have dry mouth, smoke a lot, or drink a lot of alcohol… other than that, alcohol mouthwashes like Listerine are very effective when used as recommended.  I really liked SmartMouth mouth wash –it does not burn and works well after you eat onions –from my own experience.

Perio/Gum disease can lead to abcesses. He could have an abcess in his mouth that smells bad also.  Once the hard tartar/dental calculus deposits are present (tartar can form 3 days after not brushing or flossing), it needs to be professionally removed and no amount of flossing at home can remove it.

To treat periodontal disease, typically his mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic and cleaned in quadrants; referred to as Scaling & Root Planning.  We numb patients because gums can be very tender and sore with severe gingivitis and periodontitis, and hand scalers and an ultrasonic cleaner is used.  His mouth would be cleaned in sections so we can spend an adequate amount of time to remove the bacteria and debris below the gumline.  After, gums can be tender for a day or so –but most of the time the patients are very thankful and can feel that their mouths feel healthier.  Warm salt water rinses, a prescription mouthwash, and Ibuprofen are usually recommended afterwards.  If he is very nervous, they can prescribe a valium type of premedication for him.  Some offices do sedation dentistry also if his anxiety is severe.

Most of the time it’s the wives and girlfriends that set-up the appts for their guys anyway.  He can always set-up an initial evaluation or comprehensive exam; more of an exam, x-rays, and consultation –without any treatment the first day –this way he won’t have too much anxiety about having treatment the first day, and he can establish a relationship with the dentist. 

Infected gums and teeth are linked to heart disease, stroke, low birth weight babies in women, and can infected gums be exacerbated in patients with diabetes, compromised immune systems, pregnancy, and birth control pills

Emergency rooms are frequented by severe dental infections. Don’t wait until it hurts.  Bleeding, bulbous and reddened gums, gums separating from the teeth, tooth mobility, and halitosis are symptoms of an unhealthy mouth.

Alternatively, it could be a stomach or gastro-intestinal issue, xerostomia, or post-nasal drip –but it really sounds like a dental issue.

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Brush 2-3x daily with a soft toothbrush or electric toothbrush angle 45 degrees at the gumline and brush slowly and with a gentle grasp for a minumum of 2 minutes. 

Floss everyday 1-2x daily and wrap the floss like a “c” around the tooth to get under the gumline.   It flossing is too difficult, use flossers like the reach floss holder or disposable flossers.  Stimudents and waterpicks are also effective –especially if the dexterity of flossing is tough or if you need more than just flossing alone.

My post was pretty long on here, but I see gum disease every day at work –and our mouths are so improtant to keep us healthy. 

 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am a dental nurse & ditto everything frenchie427 has said, he needs to see a dentist who will then refer him to a dental hygienist then it is ultimately down to maintaining a regular & good oral hygiene regime at home, there is nothing worse than bad breath & im sure he would appreciate being told, i would want my OH to tell me if i had the same issue!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

Its a pretty big leap for anyone to assume a diagnosis over a brief explanation of bad breath. It could be caused by many things….enlarged tonsils, mouth breathing and post nasal drip, diet, decaying teeth,stomach problems, flaps of tissue over partially erupted wisdom teeth trapping food,infection from an abscess….not necessarily gum disease.

The best thing you can do for him is to tell him as kindly as possible that you think he may have some kind of problem, and that either a physician or a dentist might be the ones he should see to address it. If he never flosses, it may be just a build up of garbage between his teeth, and a good professional cleaning will set him on the right path. If its more than that, they will also know how to treat it.

It isn’t an easy thing to tell someone, so good luck.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I do want to say in response to the message above that I am not diagnosing, just offering insight of what the cause of severe bad breathe could be; I apologize if it comes across as presumptuous.  Around 80% of the population has some form of gum disease.  An evaluation by a dentist or referral to his physician and a proper examination are what is necessary. 

The information above was only meant to be informative.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

Girls – remember everyone is just trying to help the OP. 

I see the dentist twice a year, brush 3 times a day, floss and use mouth wash daily…but, still have bouts with bad breath.  I think mine is related to my chronic sinus problems.  I have drainage and it collects in the back of my throat and develops tonsil stones….which become really stinky!!!!!!  It could be a variety of reasons, but definitely convince your fella to have his dental/medical health checked out! 

Good luck!! 

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