When bad breath just doesn't go away!
We all have had the occasional bad breath experience. Short episodes of bad breath, aka halitosis, could be related to an illness, the medications you are using, a meal heavy on garlic or onions or overindulging in alcohol.
But when bad breath has been a visitor for months, there may be another reason for its presence such as plaque and bacteria that is not getting removed.
The number one reason for chronic bad breath are cavities and deep pockets from untreated gum disease. Cavities and deep gum pockets provide bad breath bacteria with hiding places in your mouth that are difficult to clean (1) and if left unattended, cavities and gum disease progress to cause you pain in addition to the bad breath.
There are a number of other health conditions that also may be contributing to the problem.
Bad breath (halitosis) can be related to: postnasal drip, respiratory and tonsil infections, sinus problems, diabetes, liver and kidney issues. In rare cases, bad breath could be a sign of cancer such as mouth or throat cancer (2). When in doubt, have us check it out!
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Ivelina Dean, D.M.D., M.D.S.