Most of us at one time or another have experienced a bout of bad breath. It is most commonly caused by something we have eaten or had to drink. This kind of bad breath will usually go away if we rinse with a mouthwash or chew a mint. Chronic halitosis, on the other hand, can be harder to manage.
One of the side effects of certain medical conditions or oral infections such as tooth decay can be factors in persistent bad breath. The bacteria that collects in the spaces that form when the gum tissue recedes from the teeth can cause people who suffer from periodontitis to also be affected by halitosis. The deep cleaning procedure that is often recommended in the treatment of gum disease may also freshen the breath but the patient must follow up by improving their home care habits and having more frequent professional cleanings.
Self-awareness is not always a given where bad breath is concerned. It may first be brought to your attention by your dental hygienist. Your dentist will then evaluate your medical history and compare it to the type of bad breath that you are experiencing. The sooner the issue can be identified the better, see your dentist on a regular basis to ensure early diagnosis.
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