What’s That Smell?!
Do you avoid talking closely with others because you are self-conscious about your breath? It is not uncommon to experience bad breath from time to time, especially after consuming certain foods and beverages such as garlic or coffee. However, if you find that you are constantly reaching for mints or chewing gum to mask the odor of your breath, you may be experiencing a condition that requires a visit to our office. Continue reading to learn more.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Do you still have bad breath even after thoroughly brushing your teeth, flossing, and swishing with mouthwash? If so, there is a good chance that you have an underlying condition that is causing the problem. Bad breath can be caused by conditions such as:
Poor Oral Hygiene
When you do not consistently clean and care for your teeth, you can have bad breath. Every time you eat, food gets trapped between your teeth. When you do not brush and floss regularly, the trapped food becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause an odor. One helpful tip is to brush your tongue when you brush your teeth.
Decay that remains untreated can lead to bad breath. When tooth decay is detected, we recommend receiving treatment as soon as possible. Early treatment not only helps with bad breath, but it also eliminates the need for additional procedures.
One of the few warning signs to alert a patient they may have gum disease is bad breath. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque along the gumline.
A common side effect of a number of medications is dry mouth, a condition that occurs when the mouth does not produce enough saliva. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help with dry mouth and eliminate bad breath.
If you are located in the Phoenix, AZ area and are experiencing bad breath, we suggest that you make an appointment as soon as possible to rule out any concerns mentioned above. We look forward to helping you fix your oral health.