Bad breath is a health condition, and it has medical name as well: Halitosis. While everyone experiences an unpleasant odor in their mouths, what we are discussing here is chronic bad breath, i.e. a foul-smelling odor that doesn’t go away with brushing and flossing. If this is your condition, then you definitely need to worry about your bad breath.
Causes of Persistent Bad Breath
Bad breath, for the most part, originates in the mouth, throat, and tonsils. Bacteria present in the mouth to aid digestion by breaking down proteins into amino acids. This releases sulfur compounds from the back of your tongue and throat, and this causes bad breath.
There are certain foods that contribute to this process. These include:
- Sugars (both refined and processed)
- Juices (especially orange and lemon as they are acidic)
Another major cause of bad breath is a condition known as dry mouth. Things like smoking, drinking, speaking for prolonged periods, and even snoring can result in a lack of saliva, which boosts bacteria reproduction in the mouth.
Sometimes, bad breath doesn’t go away with brushing (or flossing) simply because you haven’t been brushing enough. Lack of proper dental hygiene makes your mouth a breeding ground or anaerobic bacteria. This can lead to gum disease and even periodontitis.
Certain medical conditions can also lead to halitosis. These include pneumonia, bronchitis, liver disease, cancer, kidney disease, and diabetes etc. But do remember that persistent bad breath is rarely linked to a life-threatening disease, the best way to proceed if you experience chronic bad breath is to visit your dentist or physician as soon as possible.
Finally, chronic bad breath could be from periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. In it’s most mild form, it can be reversed with good brushing and flossing. As the disease progresses though, you will need a professional cleaning and possibly LANAP to get rid of it.
In many cases, proper oral care and simple lifestyle changes can help alleviate bad breath. But a professional check-up is necessary to diagnose the condition and discover the underlying factors. If you live in and around Las Vegas, you can always visit Dr. De Andrade at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants for help regarding persistent bad breath.