Many people wake up with bad breath in the morning, but it goes away once they’ve brushed their teeth. For others – more than 80 million people – the bad breath is harder to treat. These people suffer from chronic halitosis or chronic bad breath. There is a big difference between the occasional bad breath after eating garlic bread and the misfortune of having chronic bad breath that isn’t easily cured by mouthwash.
What Causes Halitosis?
Halitosis has many causes, ranging from easily treated to serious medical issues. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Food particles: Strong-smelling meal ingredients- mainly garlic and onion- can leave particles behind in your mouth and your tongue, resulting in an unpleasant odor. While this can cause bad breath, it’s easily treated and not a chronic cause of halitosis.
- Dry mouth: Dry mouth can be caused by medications, smoking, and mouth breathing. The lack of saliva in the mouth means that the bacteria isn’t being cleared out as well or as often as it should be, leading to bad breath. Occasional dry mouth isn’t very serious, but chronic halitosis could become a side effect of daily smoking.
- Dental problems: Halitosis is also often the result of gum disease and tooth decay. Dental issues such as gingivitis and periodontal disease can cause bacteria to hide in cavities or pockets around the gums, resulting in bad breath. Short-term breath freshening methods such as mouthwash might mask the problem for a while, but the halitosis can become chronic when the core issues are not checked.
- Medical issues: Viruses and illnesses that affect the sinuses, nasal packages and throat can result in halitosis. If your child has particularly bad breath, they may have a cold or sinus infection. Also, bad breath could also be a sign of some liver and kidney diseases, according to the American Dental Association.
How To Treat Bad Breath
If your halitosis is a short-term problem, then you can employ a short-term solution. If your bad breath is just a result of food particles or dry mouth, you do not have a chronic issue. Simply chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production and help wash away bacteria, and rinse with mouthwash to wash away germs and bacteria contributing to bad breath. Of course, continue practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth every day.
How To Cope With Chronic Halitosis
If your bad breath is the result of a chronic issue, such as tooth decay or illness, see your healthcare professional as soon as possible. Mouthwash and gum may mash your problem, but they are only short-term solutions that won’t cure chronic halitosis. If you think it may be an internal problem, you should meet with your doctor. If you have a dental problem, call your dentist today.
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