Everyone has experienced having bad breath—perhaps when you wake up in the morning or after eating a garlicky meal. Usually brushing your teeth, flossing, and mouthwash is a quick remedy. But sometimes, even those who practice good oral hygiene can’t get rid of that bad taste in their mouth. Here’s why:
Halitosis, the medical term for chronic bad breath, can occur for a multitude of reasons. The most common cause of bad breath is poor dental hygiene. However, when people who properly brush and floss on a regular basis experience halitosis, it may be a sign that something else is happening in your body. Here are three common causes of halitosis and what they mean.
One of the most common causes of halitosis is dry mouth. Dry mouth occurs when you don’t produce enough saliva. Saliva can help remove bacteria and debris from your gums and tongue, and when your body doesn’t produce enough of it, it may lead to halitosis. Dry mouth is a frequent side effect of prescription medications, but it may also be the result of excessive caffeine intake, tobacco usage, dehydration, or other medical conditions.
Sinus, Nose, and Throat Issues
Halitosis may be a symptom of inflammation in the sinuses, nose, or throat. Certain infections can lead to post nasal drip, which can result in bad breath. Chronic sinus issues may lead to tonsil stones, a build up of bacteria in your tonsils that causes a foul odor in the mouth.
Other Dental Issues
Dental issues such as gum disease, cavities, plaque buildup, or improper denture care can contribute to halitosis. Maintaining proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing can help prevent these dental issues, but it is still important to consult regularly with a dental professional.
If you need help with chronic bad breath, contact us to schedule an appointment. We are here to answer any questions you may have.