Chronic bad breath, clinically referred to as halitosis, is a sign that something is going on with your teeth and gums. With that being said, if you have healthy teeth and gums, your bad breathe could be a sign of something else.
According to the American Dental Association, there are several reasons your breath is bothering those around you.
The biggest reason people have bad breath is poor oral hygiene. Brushing twice, including your tongue, twice a day and flossing once a day will keep your mouth clean and free from debris. Bacteria, plaque, and tartar are quite common in people with chronic halitosis. Along with daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing, it is vital that you schedule regular appointments with your dentist in Walla Walla. Regular dental appointments prevent cavities and gum disease, which can also lead to chronic bad breath.
You may love a bowl of steamed mussels loaded with garlic and onions, but be aware that certain foods will stay in your system for up to 72 hours as they are carried through your bloodstream and into your lungs making your breath smell every time you let it out.
Drinking alcohol can also lead to chronic halitosis as it decreases saliva production. Without saliva, you have no chance of washing away that odor causing bacteria.
Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health and your teeth and gums, but it can also make your breath smell. Chewing and smoking tobacco cause tooth decay, gum disease, and smelly breath.
According to Dr. Karmy, diets that are high in sugar, low carb diets, and diets that are high in protein can lead to chronic halitosis. Sugar causes an unhealthy balance of bacteria while low carb and high protein diets change metabolism. Both of these will factor into your breath.
Other problems that could be causing your chronic bad breath include digestive problems, dry mouth, and prescription medications. If you have sinus problems, liver or kidney issues, or diabetes, your breath may suffer from it as well.
If your breath isn’t as sweet as it could be, call and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Walla Walla. Dr. Karmy can help you figure out what the problem is and find a solution once and for all.