On a daily basis, you might suffer from a minor case of bad breath, especially when consuming pungent foods or strongly scented beverages. In most of these situations, the problem can be resolved with a quick brush and floss of the teeth and with a vigorous rinse of antiseptic mouthwash. However, chronic bad breath should not be dismissed out of hand. In many of these cases, the halitosis could be a symptom of another oral health or medical condition.
To help identify the underlying source and improve chances of treatment success, Dr. Brian Scaff offers the following insights.
Chronic dry mouth is one of the more common causes of chronic bad breath. This could come from multiple causes. Some prescription medications cause dry mouth as a side effect. Issues with dehydration as well as regular tobacco and alcohol use can also cause this condition. In any of these cases, you might want to talk to your primary physician to help find an acceptable solution.
Of even greater concern is the fact that certain medical conditions also cause bad breath as side effect symptoms. This could be linked to certain kidney or liver conditions. People with diabetes frequently have bad breath with a slight sweet odor. In some cases, dry mouth and chronic bad breath can be related to undiagnosed oral or pharyngeal cancer.
If you live in the Austin, Texas, area and you have been struggling with a chronic bad breath, you should call 512-792-2688 to schedule an appointment at Dr. Brian Scaff.