Halitosis, is another name for bad breath which is unpleasant odors from your mouth. Often, halitosis is caused by bacteria in your mouth, although it can be caused by other health issues.
Some medications, produce dry mouth as a side effect. Dry mouth occurs when your mouth lacks the saliva necessary to keep it safe from harmful acids and plaque buildup. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking sugarless hard candy has been known counteract dry mouth. If left untreated, dry mouth can contribute to gum disease and bad breath.
There are diseases and illnesses that cause bad breath, including periodontal disease, respiratory tract infections, and kidney and liver problems. Another common risk factor for bad breath is a tooth that has become infected or severely decayed.
If you begin to show signs of bad breath that fail to diminish after 24 hours, or if symptoms frequently return, contact your dentist to schedule an exam.
To discuss your bad breath treatment options with Dr. Daniel Merrill and the rest of our team at Merrill Dental, simply schedule an appointment at our office in West Chester, Ohio. Our number is 513-779-7711. We can help enhance your oral health today!