You know what it’s like to eat some garlic chicken or experience dry mouth and realize that you have bad breath. While a toothbrush and mouthwash can usually eliminate bad breath, it cannot get rid of chronic bad breath or chronic halitosis.

If you notice that you have bad breath all the time and it isn’t caused by food particles or dry mouth and cannot be easily resolved, you may have chronic halitosis. Let’s take a closer look at the causes and treatments of chronic halitosis.

Causes of Chronic Halitosis

There are a number of causes of chronic halitosis. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Dental issues: If you have gum disease or tooth decay, you may face this condition. These issues can prompt bacteria to hide in cavities or pockets around gums. Although some gum or a quick session with your toothbrush may disguise the smell, it won’t completely get rid of it.
  • Medical problems: There are some illnesses and viruses that affect the nasal passages and throat as well as the sinuses and can result in chronic halitosis. In addition, bad breath may be a symptom of kidney and liver disease.

What to Do If Your Have Chronic Halitosis

If you have chronic halitosis, you should visit a dentist as soon as possible. They can determine if the cause of the problem is related to your oral health or refer you to a family doctor if necessary. In the event the problem is related to your teeth, gums, or mouth, we will treat it and allow you to enjoy fresh breath and regain your confidence.

Schedule an Appointment at Wainright & Wassel DDS

If you are living with chronic halitosis and would like to treat the problem and become a happier, more confident version of yourself, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at our Raleigh office at 919-847-1322.