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Halitosis invasion

  1. 1 I have to say, throughout the day and the more I talk the yuckier my mouth feels. Gum is out of the question and I dont't always have the time to brush my teeth every few hours. How do you keep your breath fresh for 12 hours? There is nothing worse than halitosis. Right now I use listerine pocket packs, but they only last a little while until my lunch when I brush. Weird I know.
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  3. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
    #1 1
    Have you tried a tongue scraper? I have found that most of my bad breath is eliminated when I carefully scrape the white biofilm coating off my tongue upon awakening every day. Perhaps you can take a tongue scraper to work, douse some mouthwash on it, and hide somewhere for five minutes to scrape.

    Also, I like Altoid mints. They are small, discreet, and cheap.
  4. Visit  Emergency RN profile page
    #2 2
    A foul smelling mouth is usually simply indicative of some sort of dental issue (caries, gingivitis, plaque, etc). I would visit a dentist just to preclude that as a possibility before assuming anything more.
  5. Visit  pedicurn profile page
    #3 0
    Quote from Emergency RN
    A foul smelling mouth is usually simply indicative of some sort of dental issue (caries, gingivitis, plaque, etc). I would visit a dentist just to preclude that as a possibility before assuming anything more.
    Agree good advice to see a dentist.
    See the dentist first, then see a doc to investigate other sources if dental is fine.
    GERD, sinusitis and medication are some other reasons for bad breath
  6. Visit  JeneraterRN profile page
    #4 22
    Hey, what do you call a elderly burned-out, nasty, irritable RN with bad breath? Drum roll.......a supercallousfragilenursethatsvexedwithhalitosis! Sorry, I had to. Anyway, altoids work great for me, too if it is just related to dry mouth and food intake. Hope that helps!
  7. Visit  applewhitern profile page
    #5 3
    make sure you aren't dehydrated, which will cause bad breath. make a point to grab a cup of water here and there thru-out your day. maybe squeeze some lemon in it. i brush my tongue, too, and i don't drink coffee at work because it makes some yucky breath. i pop in an eclipse chewing gum as i go into report!
  8. Visit  Chin up profile page
    #6 3
    Quote from applewhitern
    make sure you aren't dehydrated, which will cause bad breath. make a point to grab a cup of water here and there thru-out your day. maybe squeeze some lemon in it. i brush my tongue, too, and i don't drink coffee at work because it makes some yucky breath. i pop in an eclipse chewing gum as i go into report!
    i agree. water, water, water. it does wonders. drink water throughout the day, eat fruit for snacks and take your break outside. you will notice a huge difference, immediately. peace!
  9. Visit  roser13 profile page
    #7 1
    Tread carefully with the Altoids. I adopted them at one time also. Six months later, I had 5 cavities in an otherwise cavity-free mouth.
  10. Visit  Turd Ferguson profile page
    #8 2
    Quote from roser13
    Tread carefully with the Altoids. I adopted them at one time also. Six months later, I had 5 cavities in an otherwise cavity-free mouth.
    Sugar free gum for the win. I always have gum in my mouth, but usually tuck it in my cheek so I'm not constantly chewing.
  11. Visit  Flare profile page
    #9 0
    A healthy mouth shouldn't be plagued by halitosis every few hours. I agree with the advice to go and see your dentist and/or GP
  12. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
    #10 0
    Quote from JeneraterRN
    Hey, what do you call a elderly burned-out, nasty, irritable RN with bad breath? Drum roll.......a supercallousfragilenursethatsvexedwithhalitosis! Sorry, I had to. Anyway, altoids work great for me, too if it is just related to dry mouth and food intake. Hope that helps!
    Not funny. Any excuse to take a shot at older nurses these days, eh?
  13. Visit  TrophyWife profile page
    #11 0
    I have recently begun having bouts with cryptic tonsils. When I have tonsil stones, I have the WORST garbage mouth. It's so bad that I speak a little as possible. Do you ever spit out little yellowish, white chunks when brushing your teeth? This is another possibility. I am seriously considering a tonsillectomy. I have learned a HUGE lesson (which I believe will serve me well as I transition into a healthcare career) while dealing with this issue which is to NOT judge people. My breath issue seems like a cut and dried hygiene problem, but I can brush, floss and gargle to my heart's content (and I have tried) but I can not control the bacteria inside the folds of my tonsils! I hope you find the root of your problem. G/L
  14. Visit  shouldabeenabarista profile page
    #12 0
    I agree with lots of water and I have found if I keep my mouth shut for a long time it gets icky. Try darting in the bathroom and swishing your mouth with some water now and then.
    FYI- if you smoke (as I do) you HAVE to rinse your mouth out before returning to work or you will down a moose at 50 yards!
    Last edit by shouldabeenabarista on Jun 7, '11 : Reason: didn't see that part in original post

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