Halitosis or chronic bad breath can have a number of different causes. In some situations bad breath is simply caused by eating strong foods and drinks. This can usually be cleared up by brushing, flossing and rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash.
Sometimes bad breath might be caused by lifestyle choices or poor oral hygiene routine. However, it could also be a sign of a more serious problem that requires immediate attention.
The medical condition known as dry mouth can have several possible causes. The reduction in saliva can increase the chances of tooth decay and cause bad breath. If you suffer from chronic dry mouth you should ask your dentist about possible dry mouth causes if the problem persists.
Tar and other chemicals from tobacco can stain your teeth, and give your breath a pervasive odor. If you use tobacco products on a regular basis you should doctor about a cessation program that’s right for you.
Diabetes or otherwise uncontrolled blood sugar can make your breath smell sweet. This is something your doctor needs to diagnose for proper resolution. You should also keep in mind that infections as well as problems with the liver and kidneys can cause chronic bad breath.
If you suffer from bad breath and need help identifying the cause or treatment, please feel free to call us at 941-926-4888 to schedule an appointment.