Have you noticed the smell from your mouth is lingering longer than usual? Morning pasts, and it’s still present? Chances are you might have a case of halitosis. We knowing bad morning breath is something but to have bad breath throughout the day is something else. So, what do we need to know about halitosis? Below you can find the information you need on what are potential causes and what can be done.
Halitosis is when you have chronic bad breath. Bad breath you can’t seem to disguise or get rid of with a mint, mouthwash, or good brushing. It’s a bad odor that is persistent no matter what you do to get rid of it. Halitosis is often an indicator of another problem that can be serious.
Causes of Halitosis
Even though you can wake up with terrible morning breath, it is not the same bad breath we are referring to. Halitosis can indicate you have another problem which is often caused by a dental problem or outside factors. So, what are the causes?
- Dental Problems — cavities and gum disease causes bacteria to hide in places that are hard to reach and clean. Bacteria which contributes to halitosis.
- Dry Mouth — saliva is a critical part of our oral health. We need our saliva to rinse our mouth of food debris and more importantly to break down food particles. When we have dry mouth, our teeth become more vulnerable to food particles and bacteria causing cavities, not to mention our mouth isn’t being continuously rinsed our saliva. Chewing sugarless gum can increase saliva flow.
- Infections — for those with allergies or who appear of sinus problems, we can sometimes develop an infection in our nasal area and sinus. Infection which makes our body produce mucus as a defense mechanism and bacteria feed off. When bacteria feed on the mucus, it can cause halitosis. The same can happen when we experience throat infection.
- Diets — the diet we choose to eat also affects our health. Whether it’s a low carb diet, fasting, or overeating onions, garlic, etc. they have an impact on how our breath smell.
- Foreign Body — this is most common in children but having a foreign body, such as an eraser or bean, in the nasal area can cause bad breath. And not from your mouth necessarily but your nose.
- Medications — some medications can cause bad breath for either the breakdown of chemicals or dry mouth. Drugs can cause dry mouth which leads to the less saliva flow.
- Medical Conditions — we can experience halitosis because of other medical conditions within our body such as gastric reflux, liver or kidney disease, or diabetes.
- Smoking — smoking or tobacco products cause our breath to smell like their products just like how they stick to our clothes.
If you have bad breath, consider your cleaning routine for your mouth before visiting your dentist right away. Rule out the possibility that it isn’t poor oral hygiene. You want to ensure you clean your teeth thoroughly by brushing them twice a day and flossing at least before bedtime.
Once oral hygiene has been ruled out, visit your dentist for further instructions. Your dentist can recommend a toothpaste or mouthwash with an antibacterial agent but, if it has something to do with cavities or gum disease, your dentist will need to do further dental procedures. It could involve cleaning the area thoroughly before applying a filling.
Depending on what the cause is, the dentist can further examine the situation and see what is necessary to do for treatment.
Having halitosis is an embarrassing experience and self-destructing to our confidence, it is not an ideal condition, yet it is treatable. If you continue to experience horrible bad breath despite what you do to correct it make an appointment with one of our providers to consult with them by filling this form here.