Is Surgery the Only Option to Improve Bad Breath Caused by Deviated Suptum?

My boyfriend has a deviated septum. He has to breathe with his mouth open when he sleeps so the morning breath is terrible.

Even after brushing and rinsing, the bad breath is still there soon after. Is there any other way to treat the bad breath besides surgery to correct or remove the deviated septum?

Doctor Answers 3

Bad Breath Caused by Deviated Suptum

Septoplasty is the appropriate procedure to improve breathing problems related to a deviated septum.  To correct the bad breath, ensure their are no other contributing factors prior to proceeding with the surgical option.

West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Septoplasty Surgery Is The Only Way To Fix A Deviated Septum

Unfortunately, a septoplasty is the only way to fix a deviated septum. Sometimes tape or Breathe Rite strips can help with opening the airway to improve the nasal airway. Even with a septoplasty, the bad breath may not be improved.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Deviated Septum surgery for improved breathing and sleep

Yes, and no.

Deviated septum surgery is a common nasal surgical procedure to improve the nasal passages. Septoplasty is another term for this reconstructive plastic surgery.

One should be breathing through the nose during sleep. A deviated septum may contribute to nasal breathing problems and prevent good airflow. Septoplasty is the surgical option to improve nasal breathing due to a deviated septum. Improved nasal airflow results in improved sleep.

Surgery on the septum, however, may or may not improve the bad breath though. Make sure other sources have already be evaluated. Best of luck..

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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