Mumsnet has not checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. If you have any medical concerns we suggest you consult your GP.

Breath issue

(12 Posts)
Notalwaysmintyfresh Tue 22-Oct-13 23:39:52

N/C as very embarrassing

I've had it for about 2 years. Literally just came out of nowhere, I only really noticed the problem as people kept rubbing/covering their noses and very noticeably moving away from me.

I have a Dp who I feel for so much as I know he knows I have this problem but daren't tell me. I keep my distance as much as I can and we haven't propery kissed in a very long time.

I used to smoke and stopped about a year ago. My gums bleed with brushing on and off, sometimes no bleeding for 2 days then pow out nowhere they'll bleed and it smells rank as I'm brushing.

I've tried everything, brush 2/3 times a day, floss, tried all brands of toothpaste, all mouthwashes including corsodyl and that horrid B12 that specialised in awful breath and cost me £15 waste of bloody money and so embarrassing to buy.

I visit the dentist and hygenist regularly. Every 3 months or so, and have always been told there's no obvious reason as all looks fine. I'm forever chewing gum and absolutely dread talking to anyone.

Can any one offer advice, suggestions?

It's getting me so down and short of ripping my teeth out and bleaching my gums clean I don't know how to solve this.

Thanks

runningonwillpower Tue 22-Oct-13 23:45:57

Stop chewing gum. Seriously.

And maybe consider if it's a dietary issue.

Take care.

ChilledGhoul Tue 22-Oct-13 23:51:02

Sounds like possible gum disease which your hygienist should pick up on. Stop using gum though. Maybe try your GP?

Notalwaysmintyfresh Tue 22-Oct-13 23:56:40

What's so bad about gum?

Hygienist has just said to keep doing what i'm doing and they'll "eventually" stop bleeding. I've moved a lot so have visited a fair few, 2 years is long enough to wait though

AlexaChelsea Tue 22-Oct-13 23:57:04

Yeah it sounds as though it's not your mouth that's the issue.

Dietary problem?

runningonwillpower Wed 23-Oct-13 00:10:18

Regular bleeding is not good. Flossing should sort that.

What's wrong with gum? I'm not sure.

At best, it's masking the problem. At worst, it's compounding the problem. More gunk getting caught in your teeth and mixing with bacteria.

A friend of mine had a similar problem and used to eat mints (sugar free) by the ton. And it seemed to me that every mint caused an explosion of bad breath. Beyond being there, I have no evidence to support that, but I do know the mints didn't help.

Mints/gum - not that different if the purpose is to mask the problem.

jalopy Wed 23-Oct-13 06:53:34

This is clearly having a massive impact on your life.

I think you should visit your GP and ask to be assessed. Sometimes there can be other reasons for bad breath. For example, small food particles can get stuck in tonsil beds and reek over time. Chronic bacterial infections of your tonsils, adenoids and sinuses can also contribute to bad breath.

It's really good that you have been assessed by the dentist. I would now consider consulting your doctor.

drawsofdrawers Wed 23-Oct-13 06:55:51

Sounds like it's what your eating. Do you do an unusual diet? See your gp.

ihatethecold Wed 23-Oct-13 06:59:50

Try to drink lots of water. Being dehydrated can cause bad breath.
Try to cut out any sugar in your diet.
Sugar will feed bacteria and give you bad breath.

I also think you need to go back to your GP and get further investigations done. .

Notalwaysmintyfresh Wed 23-Oct-13 17:43:29

Thanks for all your replys.

I'm going to make a conscious effort to not have gum and drink more fluid, water really drys my mouth so it'll be sugar free diluted juices.

I'm not on a crazy diet, I eat normally. Maybe a little too much chocolate and sugar in my tea every now and then but certainly not excessive. I'll be making an appointment with my gp.

Thanks again.

Jollyb Thu 24-Oct-13 17:09:52

Tonsil stones?

HopeClearwater Thu 24-Oct-13 20:10:51

Go to the Dr's again, this can't be right. It is making you too miserable. Change dentist and hygienist as well, maybe?

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now