Even if you’re particularly proud of your smile’s appearance, the presence of chronic bad breath can be a significant source of embarrassment. Unlike morning breath or bad breath following a meal, chronic bad breath (also known as halitosis) won’t go away after brushing your teeth or rinsing with mouthwash. Halitosis can be a symptom of several different conditions, and may or may not be accompanied by other related symptoms. However, in many cases, the secret behind chronic bad breath is inadequate hygiene, and its presence can warn you to see your dentist before a dental health condition develops.
The Most Common Causes
If you have an advanced cavity or a cracked tooth that has become infected, or if your gums are in an advanced state of disease, then halitosis may be one of the symptoms. Yet, if your teeth and gums are still healthy, then the most likely cause may be an excess of oral bacteria. Of the over 600 kinds of bacteria that inhabit your mouth, some tend to gather on the surfaces of your tongue. When they consume nutrients, such as protein, they convert them into foul-smelling substances. If the bacteria are allowed to thrive due to inadequate hygiene, then they can release enough substances to chronically affect the smell of your breath.
Don’t Ignore It
If you seek help from your dentist as soon as you notice that you have halitosis, then you have a good chance of eliminating it with improved hygiene and preventive dentistry measures. If you hesitate, however, then the excess of oral bacteria on your teeth, gums, and tongue can lead to more serious dental health concerns, including tooth decay and gum disease.
Ask Your Dentist About Treating Bad Breath
If you’re tired of dealing with bad breath that doesn’t go away, then speak with your dentist about how to eliminate it for good. To learn more, schedule your appointment by calling Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, today at (724) 285-4153. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.