Halitosis or chronic bad breath can leave you feeling socially awkward. In some instances, chronic bad breath might come from an overt source, such as eating strong, aromatic foods like onions and garlic on a regular basis.
Chronic bad breath can also have more serious sources. In fact, it could also be an early symptom of a more serious medical issue.
One of the more common causes of chronic bad breath is dry mouth. This could come from several different sources. Many prescription medications can reduce saliva production. At the same time, frequent alcohol consumption can also dehydrate you and dry out the mucous membranes in your mouth.
In both of these cases you should talk to your physician about your treatment options. You should continue to keep taking your medications, but there might be alternative options to help increase saliva production in your mouth.
If you use tobacco on a regular basis, it can leave strong and pervasive odors in your mouth, and the tar and chemicals can impede the saliva glands. If you use tobacco products on a regular basis you should talk to your physician about a cessation program.
Undiagnosed diabetes or other issues resulting in uncontrolled blood sugar can result in sweet-smelling breath. Unappealing odors in the mouth can also be an indicator of an infection in the gums as well as certain liver and kidney problems.
If you are struggling with chronic bad breath, we invite you to call McAllister Dentistry in Hickory, North Carolina, at 828-322-6731 to schedule an appointment. We are always ready to help you maintain a healthy, confident smile.