Halitosis is chronic bad breath and it can’t be solved by using mouthwash or eating breath mints. Halitosis can remain for a long period of time and can sometimes be a sign of a serious problem. So what causes halitosis? We’ll break it down for you.
Cavities and gum disease allow bacteria to get stuck in more crevices within your mouth. These dental problems make it more difficult to clean your teeth and mouth. It’s important to go to regular dental check-ups to make sure you don’t have any cavities and to manage gum disease.
Sinus infections cause mucus to drip from your nose, into your mouth, and down your throat. Bacteria thrives on mucus making your breath very unpleasant.
Saliva is a natural way to combat halitosis because it breaks down bacteria in your mouth. But if your body isn’t producing much saliva, it can cause halitosis. Try chewing sugarless gum to produce more saliva.
Halitosis can also be caused by more serious health problems such as gastric reflux, diabetes, liver, or kidney disease. Be sure to go to your general doctor for regular check-ups.