You might get the occasional bad breath from overloading on garlic bread, but having consistently bad breath could be a sign of something serious. Halitosis is chronic bad breath, and it happens throughout more often than just after a garlicky meal. If you find yourself trying to cover the smell of your breath with gums or mints multiple times a day, it may be time to consider the cause of your bad breath. Bad breath can be caused by a variety of reasons such as, issues with your oral health, sinus issues, dry mouth, lifestyle choices, or chronic health conditions.
A buildup of bacteria causes bad breath. Cavities, crooked teeth, and pockets in the gums can all create hiding places for bacteria to live and avoid a toothbrush or floss. Bacteria that causes bad breath can also cause tooth decay or gum disease. Gums or teeth with infections can also create a strong odor. Treating dental problems can eliminate the source of the bad breath, while also preventing the issues from worsening.
Issues like a sinus infection, postnasal drip, or the like can lead to an excess of mucus in your mouth area. Mucus attracts bacteria, which causes bad breath. If you have a cold or allergies, you may find yourself with bad breath for the duration of your illness.
Saliva is your body’s natural rinsing agent to keep harmful bacteria flushed out of your mouth. A dry mouth lacks that constant rinse causing bacteria to build up in your mouth. Dealing with dry mouth can help to protect you against a myriad of oral health concerns.
Acid reflux, diabetes, or any disease in the liver or kidneys can all potentially cause bad breath. If you find yourself in a constant battle with bad breath, be sure to talk to your dentist or doctor to determine the source of the smell. Foul odor may be a warning sign of a serious issue going on inside of your body.
Talk to Dr. Carmona if you have chronic bad breath. 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.