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Bad breath can leave you feeling uncomfortable in social situations. Strong, aromatic foods, like onions and garlic, often result in a short-term case of bad breath. In this case, you should be able to remove the odors and freshen your breath by brushing, flossing and rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash.

Chronic bad breath, which is also known as halitosis, can have more serious implications. An unpleasant odor can often permeate your mouth and breath despite your best attempts at good oral hygiene. It’s also worth noting that chronic bad breath could also be an early symptom of a more serious medical issue.

Dry mouth is one of the more common causes of chronic bad breath. Dry mouth could come from several different sources. Some prescription medications can reduce saliva production. Also, consuming alcohol on a regular basis can also dehydrate you and cause a reduction in saliva production. In both of these cases, you should talk to your physician about your treatment options. You should keep taking your medications, but there might be alternative options to help increase saliva production in your mouth.

If you use tobacco on a regular basis, it can leave strong and pervasive odors in your mouth, and the tar and chemicals can impede saliva glands. If you use tobacco products on a regular basis, you should talk to your physician about a cessation program.

Undiagnosed diabetes or uncontrolled blood sugar can result in a sweet-smelling breath. Foul odors in the mouth can also be an indicator of an infection in the gums as well as certain liver and kidney problems.

If you are struggling with chronic bad breath in Farmington, New Mexico, you should call The Dental Studio on 30th at 505.592.0477 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Brett Riche.