H. pylori could be causing bad breath

People's Pharmacy

Health & Fitness

October 17, 2004|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate

A family member pulled me aside a few months ago and informed me that I have had bad breath for years, although I brush and floss religiously. I went to see the dentist, who took X-rays and said I have no gum disease. He suggested the bad breath is due to a stomach infection.

Antacids and breath mints are no help. I am ashamed to ask my doctor, but this problem is affecting my life. I am now so self-conscious around people that I stay home. Is there any vitamin or supplement that could help?

Bad breath has many possible causes. You were smart to check with your dentist first, since gum disease is often a culprit.

If your dentist is right, your bad breath may stem from a bacterial infection of the stomach. Helicobacter pylori can cause digestive upset, ulcers and bad breath. Your doctor can test for the bacteria and treat you with antibiotics to cure it.

There are no natural remedies to kill H. pylori.

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