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GERD Can Cause Bad Breath

While bad breath can be embarrassing, there are simple solutions that can relieve the problem. “Because it is difficult to assess how your own breath smells, ask a close friend or relative to confirm your bad-breath questions,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist at Saint Francis Medical Center.

Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP
Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP

Try making lifestyle changes, such as brushing your teeth and tongue after eating, using dental floss, drinking plenty of water and using gum or mints. If your bad breath persists after making such changes, see your doctor — you may have a problem such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

“Chronic reflux of stomach acids and bile can be associated with bad breath due to the smell of acid and bile,” says Pais. “Additionally, a condition called gastroparesis can cause you to retain food in your stomach for hours. As the food goes stale, it causes bad breath.”

For more information, call 573-331-3000.

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