Your Delray Beach dentist understands how embarrassing chronic bad breath can be for both the person suffering and the person who has to endure it.
A number of things cause chronic bad breath, with gum disease being number one on the list.
Gum Disease and Chronic Bad Breath
Dr. George Sanchez explains that left over food particles convert to plaque, and just like food that is left out overnight, will begin to smell. Decomposing food stuck in your teeth is never pleasant and will eventually cause gum disease.
Bad oral hygiene is the main culprit when it comes to gingivitis and the more serious periodontal disease. If you are slack about brushing twice and flossing once a day, you are, number one, probably suffering from chronic halitosis, and, number two, dealing with gum disease.
Chronic Bad Breath Could Be a Sign
A dental checkup is the quickest way to determine if gum disease is the reason for your bad breath. Dr. George will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, and if you are given a clean bill of health, will probably recommend an appointment with your doctor as your chronic bad breath could be something else entirely.
According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic halitosis could be a sign of a metabolic disorder or even cancer. GERD or gastroesphageal reflux disease could also be the reason people are running away when you open your mouth.
Dry mouth, certain medications, smoking, and certain types of food can also cause bad breath. Mouth sores, tonsillitis, and bad sinuses also increase your risk. If your child has chronic bad breath, it could be from something stuck in their nose.
Schedule an Appointment to Be Sure
Chronic bad breath is serious. Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Delray Beach who can determine if your teeth and gums play a role in your halitosis.