While bad breath can usually be avoided through good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice a day and flossing daily, sometimes, bad breath can be a chronic issue. The medical term for this is halitosis, and it may be the result of an underlying issue.
Bad breath normally originates in the back of the mouth when foul-smelling bacteria build up on the back of the tongue. This is a common occurrence for people in the morning, and is referred to as “morning breath.” Saliva is beneficial for washing away food particles and foul-smelling odors, but your mouth typically dries at night while you sleep. Proper brushing, flossing, and even mouthwash can help eliminate this bad breath, but there are cases when bad breath can linger and become chronic.
Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, commonly occurs due to:
Treatment for halitosis depends on the source of the bad breath. It may be something as simple as a professional cleaning, or it may require a special deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. Either way, we will work to find out the source of the issue first, and then treat it appropriately. If it is something outside of your oral health, we will refer you to a physician.