Chronic bad breath, which is also known as halitosis, can have some serious repercussions on your life. People won’t be able to talk to you, and you’ll always be self-conscious of whether or not your breath is pushing people away.
If you find yourself suffering from bad breath on a regular basis, it’s time to talk to Dr. David Powell and figure out what’s causing the problem. Often, chronic bad breath can be an early symptom of more serious medical conditions you need to immediately address.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the most common causes of bad breath.
Dry mouth is one of the more common causes of chronic bad breath. This could come from several different sources. A few prescription medications can reduce saliva production. Also consuming alcohol on a regular basis can also dehydrate you and cause a reduction in saliva production. In both of these cases you should talk to your physician about your treatment options. You should continue to keep taking your medications, but their might be alternative options to help increase saliva production in your mouth.
If you use tobacco on a regular basis, it can leave strong and pervasive odors in your mouth, and the tar and chemicals can impede saliva glands. If you use tobacco products on a regular basis you should talk to your physician about a cessation program.
Undiagnosed diabetes or issues with uncontrolled blood sugar can cause you to have have sweet smelling breath. Foul odors in the mouth can also be an indicator of an infection in the gums as well as certain liver and kidney problems.
If you have any of the above issues, or suffer from chronic bad breath and want to fix it, please call us today at 801-266-1414 to schedule a consultation.