Everyone deals with bad breath at some point in their lives. Many people experience morning breath, while some people experience chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away easily. While bad breath can be bothersome just on its own, not being able to get rid of it can make the situation much more stressful. Usually, dealing with chronic bad breath may be a possibility with help from your dentist. If you have chronic bad breath, knowing the causes, both obvious and less obvious, can be helpful in solving the problem.
- Some causes of bad breath are immediately obvious, like if you just ate a meal full of garlic and onions. Other causes are not so obvious, like harmful oral bacteria clinging to the surface of your tongue. Bad breath from food can go away as soon as your body is done processing the food, while bad breath caused from harmful bacteria sticks around as long as the bacteria does. You may need to improve your oral hygiene routine or attend more frequent visits with your dentist. Harmful oral bacteria are responsible for more than just bad breath; it is also the cause behind destructive tooth decay and gum disease.
Oral Health Problems
- Bad breath can be caused by an oral infection. If your bad breath is accompanied by a toothache, it is imperative for you to get to your dentist for immediate attention. Chronic bad breath may be caused by dry mouth because a dry mouth is a haven for bad bacteria. Certain health problems that extend beyond your mouth can also lead to chronic bad breath. If your dentist cannot determine an oral health problem, it may be important to check in with your regular physician. Certain medications can lead to dry mouth or chronic bad breath, so both your dentist or doctor may be able to rule out medicinal causes.
Your chronic bad breath could be a sign of something serious
Talk to Dr. Coon if you have chronic bad breath. To schedule a consultation, call Grinnell Street Dental at (307) 672-7567. Located in Sheridan, WY, we also proudly serve the residents of Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and all surrounding communities.