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Over the course of a single day, consuming pungent foods like onions, garlic and strong cheeses can leave you with bad breath. However, most of these cases can be resolved by basic brushing and flossing. When chronic bad breath persists despite oral hygiene improvements, it could be a symptom of a more serious oral health problem.

Some medications can cause dry mouth, which promotes plaque formation that can lead to bad breath issues. While you need to continue taking the medications per your doctor’s orders, you might want to speak with your physician about an alternative. Even if they can’t find another medication that doesn’t have a dry mouth side effect, you might be able to remedy the problem by sipping water occasionally.

Gum disease can sometimes also cause chronic bad breath. In many of these cases, you’ll need to have your dentist, Dr. Mark Simpson, examine your mouth and help you develop an effective treatment plan.

There are also certain medical conditions that can cause chronic bad breath. People with diabetes often have sweet-smelling bad breath. Certain types of cancer and kidney and liver disorders can also give your breath a distinct foul odor.

If you’re struggling to identify and remedy the cause of your bad breath in Charleston, West Virginia, you should not delay in calling 304-342-6162 to set up an appointment at Simpson Dental Associates.