If you are routinely suffering from issues with bad breath arising or returning even after receiving proper treatments, it could be linked to an underlying health condition. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a condition in which the foul odors begin to emanate out of your mouth. However, just because they may emanate from your mouth does not mean they originated there. In some situations, it could be linked to another underlying physical ailment deep within your body.
Situations occur where bad breath is nothing more than breath offending foods and drinks you are consuming. Products like garlic, onions, and coffee have all been linked to bad breath as they can alter the smell of your mouth. However, there are deep underlying conditions in your body that could be producing your bad breath. such as liver problems, kidney issues, and respiratory tract infections. Even if you treat your bad breath, it will continually occur until these issues are dealt with.
In most instances though, bad breath is linked to problems within your mouth. One of the key oral health risks associated with bad breath is due to plaque. Plaque consists of a thin layer of bacteria and food debris that begin to pool on your teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to severe issues including infections and tooth loss. Thus, always make sure your mouth is clean to lower your risk of plaque buildup.
Other common causes of bad breath include medications you may be taking, poor oral hygiene, bad habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco, dry mouth, or the presence of underlying oral health conditions such as gum disease and toothaches. Furthermore, if you have dentures, it could be causing bad breath if they are not cleaned and treated properly.
Dr. J. Whitley Wills wants to help treat your bad breath. To schedule an appointment at our office in Memphis, Tennessee, please call us at 901-726-9525. Dr. J. Whitley Wills and our team look forward to taking your smile into the future with proper oral health care.