The occasional garlic-laden dinner can give you some scary bad breath, but consistently having breath with a foul odor could be a sign of something serious. Halitosis is chronic bad breath, and it happens throughout the day instead of just when you wake up. If you find yourself constantly trying to cover the smell of your breath with gums or mints, it may be time to consider the cause of your halitosis. Bad breath can be caused by dental problems, sinus issues, dry mouth, lifestyle choices like tobacco smoking, or chronic health conditions.
Bacteria causes bad breath. Cavities, crooked teeth, and pockets in the gums can all create excellent hiding places for excessive amounts of bacteria. Infected teeth and gums can also create a strong odor. Treating these dental problems can eliminate the source of the bad breath. Treating these dental problems can also prevent them from worsening or causing further issues.
Saliva is your body’s natural way of rinsing away bacteria. Without this constant rinse, bacteria may build up in your mouth to cause tooth decay, gum disease, or an offensive odor. Dealing with dry mouth can protect you from these types of conditions.
A sinus infection, postnasal drip, or similar issue in your nose, throat, or mouth can lead to an excess of mucus in your mouth area. Mucus attracts bacteria, and again, bacteria causes bad breath. If you have a cold or allergies, you may find yourself with bad breath for the duration. If you have a more chronic sinus issue, you may require treatment of the sinus to solve the halitosis.
Gastric acid reflux, diabetes, or disease in the liver or kidneys can all lead to bad breath. Some create a distinct smell. If you find yourself battling constant bad breath, be sure to talk to your dentist or doctor to determine the source of the smell. The smell may be a warning sign of a serious issue going on inside of your body.
Is your bad breath a sign of a bigger issue? To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.