Halitosis is a generic term used to describe unpleasant odor coming from the mouth, also known as bad breath. Bad breath is relatively common and affects about 50 – 60 percent of people (Campisi, 2011). The problem is bad breath (and a bad taste in the mouth) can be caused by a number of factors. For the majority of sufferers, the bad breath originates in the mouth. There is no single bacteria to blame for bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, rather bad breath is likely caused by a complex interaction of several different bacteria.
Halitosis can also originate outside of the mouth. For example, bad breath is significantly associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (Moshkowitz, 2007) and is frequently a complaint of those suffering reflux symptoms . However, this association is somewhat complicated because there are some disorders that cause reflux symptoms that are less likely to also cause bad breath than others. Also there could be a combination of an oral and n...
Almost everyone has bad breath, (a.k.a. halitosis) once in awhile. In fact, about 25 percent of people report they have bad breath and while conditions of the mouth are responsible for most cases, there is clear evidence for an association between bad breath and acid reflux disease (Sturch, et al., 2007). Some even say that bad breath is a frequent symptom of GERD (Moshkowitz, 2007).
The way to find out if you have bad breath as a result of acid reflux disease, is to discuss your condition with both your dentist and your primary care provider. Your dentist will help you to rule out any dental disease and your primary care provider will either be able to help you confirm your suspension of acid reflux disease or send you to a gastroenterologist who will be able to help you. If it is confirmed that you have acid reflux disease, you may be asked to modify your diet and/or be put on acid reflux medication. Both of these treatments may take a week or two to improve your reflux.  ...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved
NEXIUM® delayed release capsules in children ages 12 to 17 for
the short-term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
NEXIUM was tested in adolescents ages 12 to 17 in a randomized,
double-blind parallel group study in which a total of 149 patients,
ages 12 to 17, with clinically diagnosed GERD were treated with
either NEXIUM 20mg or NEXIUM 40 mg once a day for up to eight
weeks. Reported side effects included headache, abdominal pain,
diarrhea and nausea.
Drug makers don't yet know if NEXIUM® is safe or effective
for treating GERD in children under 12 years old.
more about acid reflux.
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