Chronic halitosis should not be mistaken as just bad morning breath. If you wake up with a bad taste in your mouth or have bad breath after eating onions or drinking coffee, you most likely have no reason to worry. However, chronic bad breath may be the sign of a more advanced dental health concern. Chronic halitosis is the presence of an odor and/or sometimes metallic taste in your mouth that is persistent despite diligent oral hygiene practices.
There are several common dental health causes for halitosis. If you are experiencing persistent bad breath, schedule a consultation with one of our San Francisco dentists. We will perform a comprehensive oral exam to determine if the cause is related to an oral health concern affecting your teeth or gums. If your mouth appears to be in good health, but halitosis persists, we may refer you to your general physician for further diagnosis. In some cases, halitosis may be related with a systemic health condition.
Chronic halitosis can have an impact on your social and professional interactions. Effective treatment will restore your confidence as well as your oral health.
Oral Health Concerns & Halitosis
- Gum Disease- Gum disease is a common and progressive oral health condition that can cause a range of complications. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that builds deep pockets inside of the gums. Gum disease can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, bone deterioration, and even systemic health concerns. Persistent bad breath is a common side effect of gum disease. The byproduct that bacteria leave behind can cause a foul odor. Union Square Dental Group offers periodontal therapy for the treatment of different stages of gum disease.
- Dry Mouth- Dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva production. This can occur due to certain medical conditions, medications or dehydration. It is important to keep your mouth moist and clean so that bacteria does not begin to grow in tartar build up. Dry mouth is also a common cause of tooth decay, which can also cause halitosis. If your halitosis is caused by dry mouth you can try drinking more water, or chewing sugar-free ADA approved gum to stimulate saliva production.
- Tooth Decay- If you are experiencing advanced tooth decay, you may have a lingering taste and smell in your mouth. The bacteria that causes the decay can leave behind a smelly by-product. If you feel tenderness or sensitivity in a tooth and have a persistent odor, be sure to schedule an appointment with our San Fransisco, CA dentist office. Treating tooth decay early can avoid the need for more complex dental procedures such as a root canal or tooth extraction.
Schedule A Consultation
If your bad breath persists, be sure to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists serving the greater San Francisco area. Early detection of oral health concerns can allow for more effective treatment and prevent further damage. Contact our San Fransisco, CA dentist office or schedule a consultation online.