Halitosis is the clinical term for bad breath, and it is commonly found in poorly cared-for mouths. If you suspect your breath is foul, first try brushing your teeth or taking a breath mint. However, persistent halitosis can also be a side effect of one of these conditions:
– Dry Mouth: Dry mouth is a medical condition in which your mouth can’t produce adequate amounts of saliva. Your saliva acts as a rinsing agent to your teeth, periodically removing odor-causing bacteria and keeping your mouth fresh.
– Gum disease: Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection caused by accumulated bacteria on the soft gum tissue. Bacteria can create a strong odor in your mouth that lingers despite daily brushing and flossing.
– Tobacco products: Smoking affects your mouth as much as your lungs. The smoke can linger on your breath, making it stale and unpleasant. Smoking can also lead to health issues like gum disease.
– Medication: Certain medications can affect the state of your mouth, increasing your chances of developing chronic halitosis. Some medications list conditions such as dry mouth as a side-effect. If your medication is worsening your breath, you can talk to Dr. Kenneth Lewis about altering your medication or prescribing a treatment for halitosis.
Halitosis is a common concern in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and one of the main reasons that our patients visit us at Lewis Family Dentistry. If you have questions about causes of halitosis and how to treat it, Dr. Kenneth Lewis and our dental team would be thrilled to meet with you.