While one can expect to have occasional bad breath first thing in the morning or after eating a tuna sandwich, many individuals suffer from bad breath that lingers, even after popping a mint or rinsing with mouthwash. This is frustrating and embarrassing, to say the least. Yet, what dental professionals want people to know is that bad breath is a real condition. When it is ongoing, it is known as Halitosis, or chronic bad breath. However, there’s good news—you can banish bad breath for good.
For the most part, when individuals develop Halitosis, this is a sign that something else is happening in their body. In other words, they might be able to mask their breath for a short time, but it will always return. Mouth Healthy highlights a few causes of chronic bad breath below.
Dental issues such as cavities and periodontal gum disease can lead to Halitosis by creating pockets and decayed spaces for bacteria to linger and multiply. When this happens, it doesn’t matter how well a person brushes, it is impossible to clear out these areas without professional dental treatment.
Postnasal Drip From Mouth, Nose or Throat Infections
When the body is battling an infection such as a cold, it produces mucus as a protective mechanism. Yet, bacteria thrive on mucus, and in this case, the bacteria linger within the postnasal mucus and cause an unpleasant odor.
Whether caused by medications, illness, alcohol use, tobacco products or excessive caffeine, Dry Mouth is a serious dental health issue in itself. Unfortunately, when saliva production is lacking, another side effect is bad breath.
Chronic Conditions and Diseases
In some instances, Halitosis is linked to conditions that are not related to one’s oral health. Some of these include GERD, Diabetes, Liver or Kidney Disease.
As one can imagine, treatment for Halitosis depends on the source of one’s bad breath. If it is tooth decay or gum disease, Dr. Dalla and the team at Ora Dentistry offer several solutions to remedy bad breath. In turn, if another issue is contributing to one’s bad breath, Dr. Dalla is well equipped to pinpoint the issue and even work alongside other medical professionals if needed.
One thing is certain—Halitosis is a treatable condition! If you are suffering from chronic bad breath, do not wait. Call the oral health experts at Ora Dentistry today.