Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, is more than just an embarrassing condition. When bad odors come from your mouth, it can be a sign of oral health issues. If you struggle to control halitosis, you should see a dentist to determine the cause of your bad breath. Our dental teams at Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces offer halitosis treatment at our clinics in Northwest and South San Antonio.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Everyone experiences bad breath from time to time. Morning breath occurs when odor-causing bacteria accumulate in your mouth as you sleep. Also, many foods or beverages like garlic and coffee can leave a bad odor behind. Halitosis is a chronic condition when brushing your teeth or using mouthwash does not eliminate bad oral odors due to an underlying problem. Some common causes of chronic bad breath include:
- Decaying teeth
- Excess plaque or tartar
- Infected gums or periodontal disease
- Infected teeth or abscesses
- Dry mouth from medications
- Medical conditions (sinusitis, diabetes, liver/kidney disease)
The most common causes of halitosis are within the mouth. Pockets of decay, tartar buildup, gingivitis and tooth infections can all cause bad odors. Visiting our dental centers for teeth cleanings and checkups are the best way to determine the source of your bad breath. We can determine if you have a dental condition that is contributing to your bad breath and offer a treatment plan to improve your oral health and stop your halitosis.
Bad breath can be a social stigma, but it is also a sign of dental or medical issues. If you have halitosis, treatment is available to give you more confidence and improve your health. Contact us at Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces, and schedule a checkup at one of our clinics in San Antonio. We can uncover the cause of your halitosis and create a treatment plan to improve your breath and oral health.