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Bad breath from consuming odorous foods and beverages can often be cleared up by brushing and flossing or by swishing antiseptic mouthwash. At the same time, chronic bad breath, or halitosis, can be more than just a social embarrassment; it could be a symptom of a more serious oral health condition.

Chronic dry mouth is one of the more common culprits known to cause halitosis. This could come from multiple causes. Some prescription medications cause dry mouth as a side effect. Issues with dehydration as well as regular tobacco and alcohol use cause bad breath. In any of these cases, you might want to talk to your primary physician to help find an acceptable solution.

It’s also worth noting that there are certain medical conditions that cause chronic bad breath as an ancillary symptom. This could be lined to certain kidney or liver conditions. People with diabetes frequently have bad breath with a slight sweet odor. In some cases, dry mouth and chronic bad breath can be related to undiagnosed oral or pharyngeal cancer.

If you live in the Medford, Oregon, area and you have been struggling with a chronic bad breath, you should call Open Door Family Dentistry at 541-773-4073 to set up a consultation with Dr. Don Schiess.