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Common (And Not-So-Common!) Causes Of Bad Breath [BLOG]

Embarrassed to Smile Solutions in Waco, TX by Dr. Michael Thrasher of Hillcrest Dental Care

Dental problems, like cavities, damaged teeth, and gum disease, can all have a negative effect on your smile.

And that negative effect is often embarrassment.

But just as embarrassing a consequence of dental problems is bad breath!

It’s not exactly something that will draw people to you. Quite the opposite, in fact.

With the right treatment at the hands of our team at Hillcrest Dental Care, however, you can improve your oral health, the appearance of your smile, and yes, the freshness of your breath!

Today, we’re talking about some common, and not-so-common, causes of bad breath and how visiting our Waco, TX dental office can help!

Food: The First To Bear The Blame For Bad Breath

No surprises here, but what you eat will be the first to bear the blame for bad breath.

Some of the tastiest, most flavorful foods contain powerful-smelling ingredients, like onions and garlic.

But even if your diet doesn’t consist of onions and garlic, food itself smells pretty bad if you give it enough time. Just like it starts to smell bad in the garbage, so too does it stink when it’s trapped inside your mouth for too long.

That’s why rinsing your mouth with water in between meals, as well as daily brushing and flossing, are such important habits for keeping your teeth and gums clean and your breath fresh.

A Dry Mouth Is A Smelly Mouth!

A surprising cause of smelly breath may have much more to do with a lack of water than lack of a strong, minty mouthwash!

Specifically, dehydration will stop saliva production, leaving you with a dry mouth. Because there’s not enough saliva in your mouth to wash away food particles, the tiny bits of your last meal can get stuck between your teeth and give off a foul odor.

Not just that, but saliva is actually composed of all sorts of bacteria-fighting agents that help you maintain naturally fresh breath.

So if you have bad breath, you may want to take a look at how much water you’re actually drinking each day. It could be you’re not getting enough.

Or, maybe, you have dry mouth because you’re a smoker. Cigarette smoking will also dehydrate you and, thus, give you dry mouth, which isn’t helpful on top of the already-unpleasant smell of the smoke itself.

Some Causes Of Stinky Breath Are More Serious

Bad breath after a meal or a cigarette is one thing.

Bad breath that persists, no matter your efforts to keep your teeth clean, use mouthwash, or pop a mint now and then could be a sign that something more serious is behind it.

If you have an old dental restoration, maybe there’s an accumulation of plaque underneath it that’s giving off a bad odor.

It could also be that you have plaque buildup because you haven’t been to the dentist frequently enough in recent years. After all, when plaque hardens on your teeth and under the gumline, no amount of brushing or flossing can remove it. Only a dental professional can.

Most problematic of all possible causes is gum disease. In fact, chronic bad breath is one of the most common signs of infected gums, and that’s not something you want to leave untreated!

Make An Appointment

Whether the source of your smelly breath is an underlying oral health problem or something as simple as inconsistent oral hygiene habits, our team at Hillcrest Dental Care can help you find solutions that work!

Save your smile, health, and maybe even your social life, with breath treatment!

Call our Waco, TX dental office today at 254-400-2868 or fill out our online form to request an appointment.

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