Reflux bad breath

Reflux bad breath can be a manifestation of chronic gastro esophageal reflux disease. It is important to review the medications you are taking and your current diet in addition to meticulous oral hygiene. Chronic lung disease, liver failure, uremia and diabetic ketoacidosis can all be associated with bad breath. If the bad breath is mostly secondary to gastro esophageal reflux it should always respond to medical therapy with histamine receptor antagonists or proton pump inhibitors. It is also important to adhere to anti-reflux measures. The lifestyle modifications that are considered helpful in patients with hiatal hernia and gastro esophageal reflux are called anti-reflux measures. Foods that can decrease lower esophageal sphincter pressure should be avoided. Those foods include: coffee, tea, cola beverages, citrus drinks, fatty foods, spicy foods, onions, peppermint and chocolate.

Possible medications

Medications such as aspirin or non-steroidal inflammatory agents can be irritating to the stomach or esophagus. Other medications that decrease lower esophageal sphincter pressure are theophylline and albuterol and calcium channel blockers. It is important for you to review the list of your medications with your doctor. Other helpful lifestyle changes includes elevating the head of your bed on four to six inch cinderblocks or using a wedge under the mattress; not eating at least three to four hours before bedtime. The response is being provided for general informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. One should always check with their personal physician when you have a question pertaining to your health.


Most adults suffer from bad breath occasionally, although it may affect up to a quarter of adults on a regular basis. Bad breath is usually brought on by the breakdown of proteins by bacteria somewhere in the mouth. However, there are several other possible causes that affect the airways, esophagus and stomach that can also lead to bad breath. In rare cases, bad breath can be a sign of a significant general health problem, so it should not be ignored. However, the usual cause is oral, which can often be treated to resolve the problem.

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