Having halitosis, or bad breath is more than just embarrassing. It could also be a sign you have a serious dental health issue – or, it might just mean there’s something wrong with your overall health. Here’s some information on why you should take this issue very seriously.
Possible Reasons for Bad Breath
If you have halitosis, the most likely reason is that you have gum disease. This is caused by the accumulation of plaque on your teeth. Plaque makes it easy for bacteria to form, and these bacteria lead to gum irritation. If you don’t get this problem treated, it could lead to permanent damage of not only the gums but of your jawbone as well.
Other potential reasons for bad breath include cavities, ill-fitting dentures or an oral infection. Dry mouth, where the mouth is unable to produce enough saliva, can also result in halitosis. Some people suffer dry mouth when taking certain medications, or due to problems involving the salivary glands.
There are other possible causes of bad breath that can be very serious. For example, diabetes, pneumonia, and other respiratory tract infections are often associated with halitosis. Bad breath can even be a sign that something’s wrong with the kidneys or the liver.
Talk to a Dentist
Halitosis is something that should be taken very seriously. Please contact a professional with Spring Cypress Dental so that we can determine the cause of the issue and then put together a plan to attack the problem. Contact us online or call 281-256-3222 for an appointment.