Bad breath is one thing, but chronic bad breath may indicate much greater health risks at bay.
In part one, we explored the causes of bad breath and the different smells associated with chronic bad breath. If you haven’t read it, go back and do yourself a favor — dive in here!
At Dr. Mel A. Burchman’s innovative and state-of-the-art dental office you’ll find a patient-centered staff and laser dentistry to maximize your comfort while you’re here! Join us in today’s post, as we expand even further on the symptoms and conditions that may be a cause of your chronic bad breath.
Health Concerns and Reasons For Bad Breath
Bad Breath: Drugs/Pharmaceuticals
A current estimate puts 119 million Americans using some form of prescription medication daily, so needless to say, we’re taking pharmaceuticals more than ever before.
Medications can cause bad breath because they tend to dry out the saliva in your mouth, thus causing dry mouth. Some of the biggest bad breath culprits include drugs that treat the following:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Nasal congestion
If you’re on medication for any of these health concerns this may be a cause of chronic bad breath, so it’s vital to have a conversation with your health care practitioner and your dentist to find a solution!
Bad Breath: Hormonal
This is an interesting form of bad breath that we wanted to mention. Just as women tend to experience tooth and gum sensitivity around their period, they too, may also experience bad breath!
While the bacteria count doesn’t increase around this time, women tend to have a lower saliva output during menstruation, which may be the cause of their bad breath. So, if you notice a pattern of bad breath around your period, your hormones may be to blame!
Bad Breath: Tonsils
If your tonsils are still intact, they may be causing your stinky breath! Both tonsilitis and tonsil stones can contribute to chronic bad breath.
Your tonsils are the perfect structures almost primed for causing bad breath. They are a part of your immune system and they are the first line of defense against harmful bacteria in air and food.
Tonsilitis – This condition occurs when your tonsils become inflamed and produce whiteish or yellowish spots or pus, usually accompanied by a sore throat. Other symptoms include swollen lymph glands, earache, bad breath, and headaches. If you experience any of these symptoms, connect with your health care practitioner.
Tonsil stones – Tonsils hug the back of your throat snuggly and create a moist and warm environment that bacteria, food, and mucus-like to hide in! If these things hang out too long, they can calcify and cause tonsil stones. Nothing is inherently wrong with tonsil stones, however, they may be causing your bad breath. Tonsil stones can be mitigated with salt water washes, swabs, or even from hard food such as carrots and apples.
Are your tonsils, medications, and hormones the only causes for bad breath? Oh no, there are plenty more to discover in a third part!
To learn even more causes of bad breath and how it relates to your health, stay tuned for part three!