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Consuming pungent foods and beverages can certainly cause a case of acute bad breath. However, these odors can often be dispelled by brushing and flossing your teeth or vigorously rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash.

At the same time persistent bad breath, with no obvious or immediate cause could be a serious cause for concern. In some of these cases, the unpleasant odors might be linked to a developing oral health problem or an undiagnosed medical condition.

If you have been struggling with chronic bad breath, the wisest course of action is to seek a diagnosis from a dentist like Dr. Ryan Wilson. A simple outpatient appointment might be able to catch a serious problem before it worsens.

With some patients, chronic bad breath is linked to a developing case of gum disease. Without professional diagnosis and treatment, a simple case of gingivitis could develop into a severe periodontal infection which could lead to the loss of multiple teeth.

It’s also worth noting that certain forms of oral and pharyngeal cancer can also cause bad breath as a developmental symptom. In many of these cases, the unpleasant odor also happens in conjunction with swelling and discoloration of oral tissues or a feeling that there is something stuck in the back of the mouth.

If you live in the Farmington, New Mexico, area and you have been struggling with chronic bad breath, you should call (505) 278.7007 to schedule a checkup at Canyon Dental Care’s clinic.