Not all bad breath is cause for concern, but chronic bad breath (known as halitosis) can be a sign of a serious problem with either your oral or overall health. Many of us may experience bad breath once in a while, especially when we wake up in the mornings or after eating smelly foods, but when it sticks around for a long period of time, it may be a warning sign. Understanding the cause of your bad breath is the first step to understanding the signals that your body may be sending you. If you have been in a constant battle trying to keep bad breath under control, you should talk to your dentist as soon as possible.
The types of bad breath that are not chronic tend to go away easily and are usually caused by minor issues. Usually when you eat a meal with onions or garlic, it can affect your bad breath until the food passes through your system. Morning breath may be happening because of any excess of oral bacteria that have gathered overnight, and will typically go away once you brush and floss your teeth. Be sure to keep up with a bedtime routine where you thoroughly clean your mouth before going to sleep, as harmful bacteria can thrive in sleeping mouths.
Signs of Danger
When your bad breath lingers long after a pungent meal or sticks around after brushing your teeth, it may be caused by a more serious issue. Bacteria in your mouth can equal smelly breath. If you have a tooth suffering from tooth decay or infection, the decaying tooth structure and bacteria can lead to halitosis. As gum disease advances, it can create periodontal pockets between your gums and teeth, where bacteria can collect and multiply. Collected bacteria in your gums can create a lingering foul smell, along with cause damage to your teeth and gums. Bad breath can also be caused by certain medications or health problems. If your dentist cannot identify the cause, you may need to go to your doctor for an opinion.
Chronic bad breath should not be ignored
Halitosis can be a signal of a bigger problem. To schedule a consultation with 7 Day Dental, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.