Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, can not only negatively impact your health, but your self-confidence as well. Bad breath doesn’t come from out of nowhere, however. There are a variety of causes for halitosis and fortunately, a few treatment options too.
What Causes Halitosis?
The six most common causes of halitosis are the following:
- Gum Disease
- Dry Mouth
- Other Ailments
Smoking diminishes your ability to fight against infectious bacteria. This means that it’s easier for plaque and bad breath bacteria to develop in your mouth even if you brush your teeth regularly.
Infections affecting your mouth, nose, and throat can all contribute to halitosis, since postnasal drip that enters your mouth provides a feast for bacteria.
If you don’t brush your teeth and your tongue and floss every day, you’re allowing germs in your mouth to multiply at rapid rates, leading to tooth decay and bad breath.
Gum disease begins when bacteria gets trapped under the gum line. Over time, this diseased tissue and its accompanying tooth decay can cause persistent bad breath.
If you aren’t producing enough saliva to constantly wick away plaque from the surface of your teeth, you are more likely to develop decay and bad breath.
Kidney disease, stomach issues, and diabetes all have halitosis as a side effect.
Treatment for Halitosis
Disguising bad breath with sugar-free gum, mints, and mouthwash are only temporary fixes. You will need a more heavy-duty solution to combat halitosis. Our expert dentists will work with you to pinpoint the exact reason for your halitosis before coming up with a treatment. However, regardless of what is causing your bad breath, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, floss your teeth at least once a day, and drink plenty of water to help keep bad breath at bay and prevent further damage.
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