Halitosis, which is also referred to as bad breath, can be an occasional thing or it can be more persistent. Often, bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth and on the tongue. Halitosis that occurs because of this is easily remedied by brushing your teeth and tongue. However, occasionally bad breath is caused by a dental or overall health issue. Our dentist and team are more than happy to go over these causes and their symptoms.
Infections in the Oral Cavity
Mouth infections allow bacteria to hide and fester in the mouth, causing bad breath. The symptoms of a mouth infection will differ depending on the type of infection. However, they may include:
– Inflamed or swollen gums that bleed easily
– An abscess on the gums or pus between the teeth
– Loose teeth or a change in your bite
Dry mouth can cause bad breath because there is not sufficient saliva to naturally rinse and help clean the mouth. Signs of dry mouth include:
– Trouble swallowing dry foods
– A burning in the mouth
– Difficulty talking for extended periods of time because of the mouth becoming dry
– Dry eyes
– An oddly high frequency of cavities
Respiratory Tract Infection
A respiratory tract infection can cause bad breath, especially if there is mucus drainage. Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:
– Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
– Stuffy nose
– Sore throat
– A cough that produces phlegm
– Discharge from the nose that is greenish or yellowish
Diabetes, lung disease, kidney failure, or liver disease can also lead to bad breath. Look for the symptoms of these medical conditions.
If needed, Dr. Philippe Athuil can refer you to your general doctor. We invite you to contact Philippe Athuil, DDS at 310-286-2241 today to learn more and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Beverly Hills, California.