Strong, aromatic foods like onions and garlic as well as pungent beverages can easily give you a short term case of bad breath. While you might enjoy these things on a regular basis you should still be able to remove the odors and refresh your breath by brushing, flossing and vigorously rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash.
Chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis can have more serious ramifications. An unpleasant odor can often permeate your mouth and breath despite your best attempts at good oral hygiene. At the same time, chronic bad breath could also be an early symptom of a more serious medical issues, that demands attention.
Dry mouth is one of the more common causes of chronic bad breath. This could come from several different sources. A few prescription medications can reduce saliva production. Also consuming alcohol on a regular basis can also dehydrate you and cause a reduction in saliva production. In both of these cases you should talk to your physician about your treatment options. You should continue to keep taking your medications, but their might be alternative options to help increase saliva production in your mouth.
If you use tobacco on a regular basis, it can leave strong and pervasive odors in your mouth, and the tar and chemicals can impede saliva glands. If you use tobacco products on a regular basis you should talk to your physician about a cessation program.
Undiagnosed diabetes or issues with uncontrolled blood sugar can cause you to have have sweet smelling breath. Foul odors in the mouth can also be an indicator of an infection in the gums as well as certain liver and kidney problems.
If you suffer from chronic bad breath and need help identifying the cause or treatment, your should call Dr. Michael Spencer at 904.355.5531 to schedule an appointment.