Do you notice that your breath smells foul even when you haven’t eaten anything that has a particularly strong odour? Are you becoming conscious that you are turning off the people you are talking to because they smell this odour, too, coming from your mouth? If you are suffering from halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath, you need to check in with your dentist as soon as you can.
Sources of Bad Breath
Bad breath typically is associated with the food you last ate. If the food had ingredients with strong smells, such as onion, for example, then it’s only natural that the smell will be in your mouth, too. In certain cases, though, it has nothing to do with your meal. What compounds bad breath is if you do not practice proper oral hygiene.
Sometimes, bad breath comes from a decay or infection in a tooth. It may also be indicative of an illness or condition in another part of your body, such as your digestive system. Whatever the source may be, it is important that you visit with your dentist to get to the bottom of it.
Bad Breath and Illnesses
There are various oral conditions that can give you bad breath apart from tooth decay. Even periodontal (gum) diseases can result to this. Dry mouth, salivary gland problems, or even medication side-effects also contribute to your mouth’s foul smell.
As for the illnesses, the ones you should be on the lookout for if you’re having trouble getting rid of bad breath would be bronchitis, diabetes, liver or kidney problems, and even pneumonia. These may seem like they shouldn’t have anything to do with your oral condition, but they do. In this case, your bad breath is not the main problem, but rather is only a symptom of a bigger one, and so you’ll need to get help from the proper specialist.
At the very least, though, your dentist could help you identify this bigger problem by first checking up on your bad breath.