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Chronic Bad Breath Halitosis

Chronic Bad Breath Halitosis

There are some meals that require a mint after eating, but sometimes bad breath is a more complicated and persistent problem that may indicate poor oral health. There are many treatments which can effectively eliminate halitosis (chronic bad breath) at the source to eliminate embarrassing symptoms and restore your oral health.

Causes of Halitosis

Bad breath may originate from several factors including:

  • Bacteria
  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Food
  • Medical conditions
  • Smoking and tobacco

Bacteria:

While there is such a thing as good bacteria needed to keep your body healthy, there are many forms of bad bacteria that pose serious risks to your oral health. These can cause bad breath persistently as your mouth acts as a natural breeding ground for bacteria thanks to the hot conditions present.

Gum Disease:

All that bad bacteria can turn into an infection if left untreated. One of the most common oral health infections is periodontal disease, better known as gum disease. This is caused by bacteria called plaque.

Dry Mouth:

Saliva acts as a natural means of defense for your mouth. A lack of saliva leaves your mouth more susceptible to infection. Dry mouth may be caused by problems with the saliva glands, certain medications, or inhaling and exhaling orally.

Food:

Foods like onions or garlic are known to cause bad breath, but the bacteria on any food can also contribute to this problem.

Medical Conditions:

A nasty taste or smell coming from your mouth may be due to infection, a sinus condition, diabetes, gastric reflux, liver disease, or kidney disease. Your dentist can work with your physician to determine how to treat this problem.

Smoking and Tobacco:

Tobacco irritates gum tissues, increases your risk of gum disease, and impacts your sense of taste and smell.

Treatments

A healthy, balanced diet and good oral hygiene are essential to having good breath. Brush and floss as directed by your dentist, use mouthwash, keep your dental appliances clean, and see your dentist for regular checkups to maintain good oral health. Brentwood Dental Group’s expert team, led by Dr. Rostami, can find the source of your bad breath and provide a tailored treatment plan to restore the health of your mouth.

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