Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can easily be caused by strong food and drink that permeate your mouth and upper throat. It can also be caused by lingering plaque development in the mouth. Tobacco use can also create a serious negative odor that lingers in the mouth long after you have stopped smoking. Most of the time you can resolve the issue by brushing, flossing and rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash.
Chronic bad breath can be an indicator of other more serious medical conditions.
Dry mouth can have a serious negative impact on oral health. The reduction in saliva makes it harder for your mouth to naturally wash away food particles after eating. This can also increase the chances of developing tooth decay. Ask our dentist about possible dry mouth causes if the problem persists.
Gum disease, especially the advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis can cause chronic bad breath, due to the constant presence of bacterial and inflammation in the gum tissue. Gum disease and tartar buildup cannot be effectively managed at home and will need to be addressed by an oral healthcare professional
People uncontrolled blood sugar or undiagnosed diabetes might also have sweet smelling breath. There are also medical conditions and mouth infections including problems with the liver and kidneys that can be an underlying cause of bad breath.
If you have chronic bad breath, please feel free to call us at 828-322-6731 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!