Do You Have Chronic Bad Breath?
Chronic halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath, is embarrassing but also extremely common. So, what’s the difference between “morning breath” and halitosis? Well, to put it simply – halitosis is when your bad breath remains far longer than your morning coffee or tuna-fish sandwich – and doesn’t go away after you brush your teeth or use a breath mint.
And halitosis can be a sign of a more serious issue with your oral health.
The Bigger Problem Behind Halitosis:
It may be surprising to learn, but there are actual a number of possible causes to your halitosis, most of which are quite common and quite treatable.
First things first, your dentist will check for any cavities or deep pockets along your gum line caused by gum disease. Both give bacteria extra space to hide in your mouth that can be difficult to clean with your daily brushings.
Another cause of halitosis can be tied to a sinus, mouth or throat infection. Oftentimes, a run of the mill infection can cause postnasal drip – which can contribute to bad breath as the bacteria feeds on the mucus your body produces when sick. Yuck, yes. But again, an easier fix.
There are a number of other causes like dry mouth (yep – something as simple as not enough saliva can be a culprit) or the overuse of tobacco products that contribute to halitosis, most of which can be easily addressed. But there are also a few causes which should be diagnosed as quickly as possible – including gastric reflux, diabetes, and even liver or kidney disease.
The best thing to do if you are dealing with halitosis is to book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. They can help you rule out causes and recommend you to see a specialist if necessary.
Your health is important – never let a condition go without being seen by a professional.
Our team at Willow Spring Family Dentistry and dentist, Dr. Michelle Rowe, are known for being your biggest support system when it comes to your oral care. Don’t let something like halitosis get in your way. Come in and see us – we’ll be sure you’ve got the right tools to address those pesky bacteria quickly.