Do you frequently catch yourself having to do a sniff test, to see if your breath smells bad? Most people want to have minty fresh breath, but not all realize that bad breath could be much more than just a superficial problem. Chronic bad breath could actually be a warning sign of an underlying health problem, such as gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, or even a tooth infection. So, if your breath is consistently in need of freshening, put down the mouthwash or breath mints. Now is the time to talk to your dentist about whether your oral health is causing the bad breath, and if so, how your smile can be protected and your breath can be improved.
Chronic Bad Breath Can Be a Symptom of an Underlying Oral Health Problem
Like chronic dry mouth, which can contribute to increased acid erosion, chronic bad breath is often the result of an underlying issue, such as a tooth infection or even gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease, a dangerous health condition which affects millions of Americans.
While occasional bad breath is no reason to be concerned, if you notice you have had bad breath for several weeks, consistently, or suddenly notice your breath smelling different or worse, it is best to schedule a dental appointment, to determine if there is an oral health threat causing the changes.
In some cases, your breath can even be a warning sign of a health condition. Diabetes, for instance, can cause changes to the breath.
Caring for Your Teeth and Gums Can Help
A simple preventive dental cleaning could be all your smile needs, to restore its health. However, in many cases restorative treatment or periodontal therapy might be needed to best improve the smile’s health.