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What Your Chronic Bad Breath May Be Trying to Tell You

What Your Chronic Bad Breath May Be Trying to Tell You

Avoiding bad breath entirely is impossible, especially if you love garlic and onions. However, it shouldn’t be a chronic problem. And it shouldn’t persist if you practice good oral hygiene. Instead, when you have chronic bad breath, your mouth is trying to tell you something.

Dr. Caesar Sweidan and Dr. Laura Smith know chronic bad breath is a warning sign. That’s because it’s often associated with several oral health issues, including gum disease. Fortunately, Dr. Sweidan and Dr. Smith can find the source of your chronic bad breath at Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Why you shouldn’t ignore chronic bad breath

Halitosis — the medical term for bad breath — impacts an estimated 1 in 4 people worldwide. When you have a chronic issue, the foul-smelling odor doesn’t go away, and it can be strong enough for others to notice.

Unsurprisingly, poor oral hygiene is often to blame for bad breath. But it’s not the only cause. Additional causes of chronic halitosis include:

It’s also very common for gum disease to cause halitosis, which can jeopardize your oral and physical health.

Dr. Sweidan and Dr. Smith can determine if your halitosis has to do with your oral health during a visual exam so you can find solutions once and for all. 

Treating chronic bad breath

Once Dr. Sweidan and Dr. Smith know what’s causing your halitosis, they can provide a comprehensive strategy to address the problem. 

Poor oral hygiene

As you might suspect, you can often resolve persistent bad breath by improving your oral hygiene. That’s because brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleanings remove food particles and bacteria from your mouth — the sources of bad breath.

If your persistent bad breath is due to poor oral health, Dr. Sweidan and Dr. Smith might start with a thorough cleaning. Then, they can provide the tools you need to maintain healthy hygiene habits at home.

Dry mouth

Your saliva keeps your mouth clean and healthy. When it decreases, bad breath increases because stinky particles don’t get flushed from your mouth regularly.

Dry mouth can develop for several reasons, including certain medications and problems with the salivary glands. Dr. Sweidan and Dr. Smith can offer strategies to help keep your mouth moist based on what’s causing your dryness.

Oral infection and gum disease

Finally, oral infections are often a significant cause of halitosis. Without treatment, they can lead to serious damage to tissue and bone in the mouth, leading to tooth loss. 

Also, oral infections don’t stay in your mouth. Instead, they enter your bloodstream. That increases your risk of systemic conditions like coronary artery disease, respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and pregnancy complications. 

Dr. Sweidan and Dr. Smith can treat oral infections, including gum disease, whether you need a thorough cleaning or a more advanced treatment. 

Once treated, Dr. Sweidan and Dr. Smith can ensure you have an effective periodontal maintenance plan in place to protect your oral health moving forward.

Do you have chronic bad breath? Our experienced team can find out what it’s trying to tell you. Contact Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants to schedule an appointment by calling 228-868-9615 or requesting a visit online today.

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