Help! I Have Chronic Halitosis!
What is chronic halitosis?
The most common cause of chronic halitosis (chronic bad
breath) is an oral condition such as bacterial build up in
the mouth, a cavity, or abscess. Another possible cause is
bacteria that produce volatile sulfur compounds on the
tongue which can occur either because your body produces
too much naturally, or from a high protein diet. Another
common cause of chronic halitosis is dry mouth. All the
conditions mentioned above are breeding grounds for the
bacteria that cause bad breath. But there are cures for
chronic bad breath which we’ll get into later.
To start, since you may be immune to the smell of your
breath, the easiest way to determine if you have chronic
halitosis is to ask someone you trust, like a spouse,
parent or sibling.
Causes of chronic halitosis
If your suspicions of halitosis are confirmed there are
some easy and effective cures for chronic bad breath, but
first you must know what is causing it. Some common causes
o Odorous foods, foods high in protein and even coffee can
cause chronic halitosis.
o Cavities, decay, abscesses and gum disease can also
create bad breath.
o Tobacco use
o Alcohol and alcohol-based mouth washes
o Allergies, sinus problems and the common cold
o Infrequent or incorrect brushing and flossing
o Body over producing bacteria is another cause of chronic
o Certain medications or diseases
o Dry mouth
Cures for Chronic Bad Breath
So, what are some cures for chronic bad breath. The good
news is there are many.
o If you are due, schedule an appointment with your dentist
for a check-up and cleaning. Make him aware of the problem,
so he can check your oral health.
o Brush and floss after every meal.
o Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist. A few
times per day, while drinking water, squish it around your
mouth and in between your teeth to break up any food that
may be hiding.
o Add baking soda to your toothpaste to help kill odors in
o Stay away from alcohol-based mouth washes and sprays.
Instead make a wash using a couple drops of tea tree oil
o Trade in your breath mints for parley, cloves or thyme.
o Avoid diets high in fat or high in protein
o If you’re a dairy addict, cut back and see if this helps
your chronic halitosis.
Brush that Bad Right Out of Your Breath
Sounds simple, but a very easy way to get rid of chronic
halitosis is to brush and floss directly after every meal.
Now, this does not mean that people who suffer from chronic
halitosis don’t brush their teeth or have poor hygiene; it
simply means you may have to do so more frequently.
Flossing regularly will also help cure chronic bad breath
as it will loosen and eliminate any food lodged between
Can bad breath be treated?
Yes, but first you must identify the cause and then
implement the proper solution. If you’ve tried the cures
for chronic bad breath mentioned and you still suffer from
chronic halitosis, make an appointment with your dentist.
Your dentist will be able to pinpoint the cause of the
chronic halitosis just by the odor it gives off. He’ll know
whether it is dental, bacterial, a throat infection or