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Four Reasons You Have Bad Breath


Posted on 6/3/2024 by Cantella Dental
female checking her breath while holding toothbrush and a container of mouthwashDo you find yourself reaching for mints more often lately? Are you hesitant to get too close when talking to others? You might be surprised to learn that bad breath, also known as halitosis, affects a large percentage of the population. While it's often not a serious medical concern, bad breath can be embarrassing and affect your confidence.

If you're struggling with chronic bad breath, it's important to understand the potential causes so you can take effective steps toward a solution. Let's explore four common reasons you might experience persistent bad breath:

1. Poor Oral Hygiene:


This is the leading cause of bad breath. When you don't brush and floss properly, food particles and bacteria accumulate on your teeth and tongue. These particles break down, releasing foul-smelling gases. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash can significantly improve your breath odor. At Stone Creek Dental, we recommend using fluoride toothpaste, which helps strengthen your enamel and prevent cavities. For a brighter smile, consider our Zoom Teeth Whitening options.

2. Dry Mouth (Xerostomia):


Saliva plays a crucial role in keeping your mouth moist and washing away odor-causing bacteria. Certain medications, medical conditions, and even dehydration can contribute to dry mouth and bad breath. Staying hydrated and sucking on sugar-free lozenges can increase saliva production. Dr. Dantz can also recommend specific dry mouth products to alleviate this issue.

3. Underlying Medical Conditions:


In some cases, bad breath can be caused by underlying medical problems such as acid reflux or infections in the lungs, sinuses, or tonsils. If you suspect bad breath may stem from a medical concern, it's essential to consult with your primary care provider or a specialist for diagnosis and treatment.

4. Cracked Tooth:


A cracked tooth can trap food and bacteria, leading to bad breath and potentially more serious dental problems. If you suspect a cracked tooth, schedule an appointment with our doctor immediately. We offer comprehensive dental services, from general care to pediatric dentistry and restorative procedures to cracked tooth repairs.

Additional Tips:


Avoid strong-smelling foods: Onions, garlic, and certain spices can contribute to temporary bad breath.
Quit smoking: Tobacco use significantly increases the risk of oral health problems, including bad breath.

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