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"Hello doctor, there is this very offensive smell that comes out from the breath of some people (almost as offensive as garlic smell but not caused by garlic). It usually comes and goes and I noticed that the person suffering from it doesn't perceive it, so he/she doesn't know except when people around the person start complaining. I have been trying to find out the name and cause of this offensive odour of the breath. You could perceive it even when the person's mouth is fully closed. Please help me with the name and cause of this and how I can avoid it happening to me and to others."

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    A 25 years year old male asked:
    2 years ago
    Hello doctor, there is this very offensive smell that comes out from the breath of some people (almost as offensive as garlic smell but not caused by garlic). It usually comes and goes and I noticed that the person suffering from it doesn't perceive it, so he/she doesn't know except when people around the person start complaining. I have been trying to find out the name and cause of this offensive odour of the breath. You could perceive it even when the person's mouth is fully closed. Please help me with the name and cause of this and how I can avoid it happening to me and to others.
    Dr. Temitope A answered:
    2 years ago
    Good morning. Offensive breath is called Halitosis medically. It can also be called Malodour, bad breath or mouth odour. It's cause by various things...Poor oral hygiene, untreated decay teeth, tongue coating, abscess in the mouth, tonsillitis, infections of the airway etc. To prevent it, you need to pay close attention to your oral hygiene. Brush twice daily and also see your dentist at least twice a year for general check up. Take care.
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    A 25 years year old male asked:
    2 years ago
    No no no... I know there is mouth odour. I was specific about this one, as I am not satisfied with your response at all.
    Dr. Temitope A answered:
    2 years ago
    My response was generally on mouth odour. There's no specific name attached to any specific odour or smell. It's still generally called mouth odour. The odour in question here may actually be due to consumption of garlic because sometimes, mouth odour may be a reflection of what one eat before going to bed but that will be best determined by an Organoleptic test. I have already listed the ways to avoid any form of mouth odour. Cheers
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    A 25 years year old male asked:
    2 years ago
    Please do you also answer general health issues? As I never knew I would be attached to a particular doctor. I only chose a dentist at the point of submitting my question because the question I submitted was related to a dentist. But I also need to ask questions that are not dental related.
    Dr. Temitope A answered:
    2 years ago
    Well, I can attend to your general health issues and you can also throw it open to the general house. I do not know the process you go through before they release your question to us but maybe you will just find a way to indicate that the question is a general one. You can sign out and sign in again to ask that question. I do hope the answer I gave on the issue of halitosis helps. Take care
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