Help, chronic bad breath - desperately looking for treatment!

by E

I have recently realised I have bad breath and it's ruining my life. I need a treatment!

I have really good oral hygiene; I brush three times a day, use a non-alcoholic mouthwash, orabrush and my toothpaste does not contain sodium lauryl sulphate. I'm pretty sure the smell isn't coming from my teeth. It's hard to explain, but it FEELS as though it's coming from the back of my mouth or my throat.

I've done tonnes of research on this and checked for tonsil stones - I had a few tiny ones that I removed and I now check everyday for more. They usually return every two days or so and I get them out when I can find them. However, even after I've removed the stones my breath still smells the same. They must have been contributing to my bad breath but I don't think they're the main cause (correct me if I'm wrong, of course).

Although if I swab my tonsils they don't smell good. It seems to be my spit that smells bad, so what does this mean? That the source is coming from the back of my throat?

I've ruled out tooth decay, gum disease, diabetes, etc...and my tongue is clean (as far as I can tell, maybe it is coming from where my orabrush can't reach?). I don't know what else to do. I'm looking for a long-term treatment that will help me with this problem!

Bad breath is ruining my life. I can't take it much longer. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Oh, and I don't smoke or drink alcohol whatsoever.

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