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How to Get Rid of Your Chronic Bad Breath for Good

Posted on 7/10/2015 by Zac Bird
A woman suffering from chronic bad breath covering her mouth.Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, is often an embarrassing condition. If you are living with chronic bad breath, you may experience considerable anxiety about your breath, and your fear of having stinky breath could be enough to keep you away from social situations. Many people experience bad breath and invest in mouthwashes, mints, and gums to try and correct the issue, but these products only serve as a temporary solution and won't actually address the underlying cause of the problem.

Causes of Chronic Bad Breath

If you have experienced chronic bad breath, there may be many causes that can contribute to the issue:

•  Food items. The breakdown of food in and around the teeth can increase bacteria while causing a bad odor. Certain foods are worse for the breath than others, including garlic, onions, and other spices and vegetables. After these foods have been digested, they will enter the bloodstream. Then, they are carried to the lungs and can affect your breath.
•  Poor oral hygiene. If you fail to brush and floss your teeth daily, food particles could be stuck in your mouth, causing plaque and bad breath.
•  Tobacco. Smoking and other tobacco products can cause an unpleasant odor of the mouth and may lead to gum disease, which is another major source of bad breath.
•  Dry mouth. Saliva is important in cleaning the mouth, so if you have dry mouth and your saliva production is decreased, you could experience bad breath. This condition occurs most commonly during sleep, which leads to "morning breath."
•  Medications. Certain medications can contribute to dry mouth, leading to chronic bad breath. Others can break down in the body in order to release chemicals that might be carried on the breath.
•  Oral infections. Bad breath might be caused by infections after a tooth removal or oral surgery, or they can result from mouth sores, gum disease, or tooth decay.

Reducing Your Chronic Bad Breath

To reduce your chronic bad breath, it is important to consistently practice good dental hygiene. Oral hygiene will help you to avoid cavities and will lower your risk of developing gum disease. However, there are other treatments that you may need to pursue if your dental hygiene practices are not improving your bad breath, and you should consult with your dentist in order to explore other options.

Treatment of dental disease is important in the fight against chronic bad breath. If your dentist discovers that you have an underlying dental problem that is causing your bad breath, you could be referred to a specialist. Gum disease is an extremely common cause of bad breath, and this condition can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, which leaves deep pockets in the teeth that can accumulate bacteria that can cause odors. In many cases, these bacteria can only be removed via a professional cleaning, and your dentist could recommend replacing faulty fillings and other tooth restorations, which can be a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria.

If your bad breath is a result of plaque buildup on the teeth, your dentist could recommend the use of a mouth rinse that will kill bacteria. These rinses contain cetylpyridinium chloride, and others with chlorhexidine can prevent odors that cause bad breath. Your dentist could also recommend the use of toothpaste that contains antibacterial agents that will kill bacteria that cause the buildup of plaque.

There are a variety of other lifestyle remedies that can be beneficial in treating your bad breath. Adjusting your diet by avoiding beverages and foods can cause bad breath can improve your halitosis, and you should also avoid sugary and sticky foods.

You should work diligently to keep your mouth moist in order to avoid dry mouth, please contact us to schedule regular checkups with your dentist to have your teeth cleaned and examined.

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