Chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis can have multiple causes. On a daily basis strong foods like onions and beverages can saturate your mouth and upper throat with unappealing odors. You can usually resolve this by brushing, flossing and rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash.
Chronic bad breath, that lingers despite an effective oral hygiene routine, could be caused by medical conditions. In almost all of these cases you will want to seek out the source before it can escalate into something more serious
Dry mouth is a recognized medical condition. One of the primary jobs of saliva is to help wash away food particles and bacteria. If your mouth is chronically dry these bacteria can cause odors and also increase the chances of developing tooth decay.
Regular tobacco use can also be troublesome for people with concerns about bad 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.
Other medical conditions could also come into play. This includes infections in the mouth as well as certain liver and kidney problems. At the same time, 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 501.228.6360 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!