We’ve all had the unpleasant experience of waking up with terrible morning breath – the icky film on our teeth, the fuzziness on our tongue, and the unavoidable urge to run straight to the sink to brush our teeth. But for many, bad breath goes beyond needing a thorough morning teeth brushing routine; it’s a problem they battle throughout the day. Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, isn’t something you have to resign yourself to living with, though! There are ways to reverse your halitosis and prevent it from coming back.

Halitosis: What Is That?

Also known as chronic bad breath, halitosis is bad breath that lingers and doesn’t seem to be fixed by brushing your teeth or popping a mint after a particularly garlicky meal. If your bad breath stretches beyond the morning or overpowers your post-meal sugar-free gum, it may be a sign of an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

Causes of Bad Breath

While the causes of bad breath are often linked to oral or dental issues, that may not always be the case.

  • Cavities and deepening gum pockets from gum disease – both provide areas for bacteria to hide and grow, causing your bad breath to get worse.
  • Dry mouth – saliva rinses your mouth and helps you remove food particles after you’ve eaten, so if you don’t produce enough saliva, you may end up with food particles left behind.
  • Mouth, throat, or nasal infections – battling something like a sinus infection can cause postnasal drip, which can, in turn, cause bad breath even after your illness is seemingly over.
  • Smoking and tobacco use – cigarettes cause their own bad breath smells, but tobacco products also wreak havoc by causing dry mouth and leading to gum disease, which can lead to bacterial growth in your gum pockets and chronic bad breath.
  • Reflux, diabetes, or liver or kidney problems – while less common, bad breath could point to other serious issues, so if oral or dental problems aren’t causing your bad breath, it may be time to see your doctor.

How to Prevent Bad Breath

You can start to improve your bad breath at home by improving your oral hygiene routine. Make sure you’re brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Drink plenty of water, too, to avoid having dry mouth symptoms. If you need to chew a piece of gum after a meal, make sure it’s sugar-free.

Visit Us for Professional Prevention

Still having problems with halitosis? Come see us! Our South Attleboro, MA, dental team will perform a thorough exam to see if there are any underlying issues causing your bad breath, and if so, develop a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.

At Exquisite Smiles, we treat you like a friend, not just another box to check off our list. Our doctors offer a wide range of services, and our entire team works together to make sure that you leave our office smiling. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!