Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, can have a number of different causes. In some cases your bad breath might simply be caused by short term lifestyle choices. Strong foods like onions and garlic or pungent beverages can permeate your mouth and upper throat. In situation like this it can usually just be resolved by brushing, flossing and rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash.
However there are some instances where your bad breath might be caused by a chronic medical condition.
Dry mouth is a recognized medical condition. The primary symptom is a reduction in the amount of saliva that your mouth produces. Since saliva helps wash away food particles and bacteria, dry mouth can increase odors in the mouth. Chronic dry mouth problems can also increase the chances of developing tooth decay. Ask your dentist about possible dry mouth causes if the problem persists.
Tobacco products can also have a strong negative impact on your breath. Tar and other chemicals in tobacco can stain your teeth and give your breath a pervasive odor for a long time after. If you use tobacco products on a regular basis you should doctor about a cessation program that’s right for you.
There are also medical conditions and mouth infections including problems with the liver and kidneys that can be an underlying cause of bad breath. People uncontrolled blood sugar or undiagnosed diabetes might also have sweet smelling breath.
If you suffer from bad breath and need help identifying the cause or treatment, please feel free to call us at 360-425-8140 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!