Halitosis: More Than Just Bad Breath

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The solutions for bad breath are pretty instantaneous: mints or a good brushing can easily fix it. Halitosis, though, is usually a sign of a deeper issue. Here are some reasons you may have chronic bad breath:

– Periodontitis: This is a type of gum disease in its more advanced stage, wherein deep pockets form in your gums. Odor causing bacteria take pleasure in hiding.

– Mouth, Nose or Throat Infections: These kinds of infections often involve post nasal drip, a byproduct of which is bad breath. Bacteria feeds on mucus, you see, and then multiplies, emitting foul smells in the process.

– Dry Mouth: Saliva works 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to keep your mouth clean. If you have dry mouth, your salivary glands are sleeping on the job. Dry mouth can be a side effect of medications, certain medical conditions, alcohol or tobacco use, or even excessive caffeine.

– Tobacco: Beyond the fact that chewing or smoking tobacco emit its own odor, it can also create an ideal atmosphere for bad bacteria, causing conditions like halitosis, gum disease, dry mouth and oral cancer.

– Other Medical Conditions: Gastric reflux, diabetes, liver and kidney disease are all examples of medical conditions that can create halitosis as a byproduct.

If you have bad breath, try going back to basics first. Brush and floss regularly and stay hydrated. Cut back on caffeine and quit smoking as needed. If you find that you still have bad breath in Boone, North Carolina, however, Dr. Jerry Butler atJerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D wants to help! Just call (828) 264-5858 to set up an appointment.