Chronic Halitosis

Written by Christa Gatewood
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There are a number of medical and dental conditions that can lead to chronic halitosis, or bad breath. Some of the medical conditions include but are not limited to sinus infections, tonsilar infections, lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, oral cancer, and diabetes. As these conditions need the immediate treatment of a medical professional, it is important to get checked out if you have chronic halitosis that seems unaffected by conventional treatment.

Possible Causes of Chronic Halitosis

There are also a number of dental conditions that can cause halitosis. The most common are tooth decay and gum disease. A severe cavity can cause bad breath no matter how much you brush. Infections typically produce an odor, and until the infection is cured, the odor will remain. The decay in a cavity has to be removed and the area must be filled in order to stop the smell.

Gum disease can be another contributor to chronic halitosis. Periodontitis can cause pockets to form between the teeth and the gums. Bacteria can hide in these pockets and remain despite brushing and flossing. Halitosis and gum disease may also occur simultaneously, but the halitosis may not be caused by the gum disease. The same bacteria the causes gum disease can putrefy and cause bad breath.

A dentist can tell you if your halitosis is related to a dental condition. The dentist can check for tooth decay and gum disease. If either of these conditions is causing your bad breath, the dentist should be able to treat the problem. Practicing good oral hygiene is also an essential step to combating chronic halitosis.

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