What to Know if You Have Bad Breath

Aside from stains on your teeth, bad breath is one of the most frequent dental health causes of embarrassment. Whether you catch a whiff of your breath yourself or someone else points it out to you, the presence of bad breath can ruin an otherwise good day. The problem for many patients is that, no matter how hard they try, bad breath doesn’t always go away on its own. In fact, there are many things you should know if you have bad breath, especially how to get rid of it, that your dentist can teach you during your next visit.

The Reason for Bad Breath

  • Oral bacteria: Oral bacteria, which are the building blocks of plaque and tartar, are the main causes behind many of the most common dental health issues, like cavities and gingivitis. They’re also often responsible for chronic bad breath; certain bacteria release foul-smelling substances when they metabolize proteins. If you have excessive oral bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup, then your bad breath may likely be a result of it.
  • Inadequate hygiene: In most cases, you can prevent excessive bacteria accumulation in your mouth by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice every day. However, if your hygiene routine lacks, then plaque can quickly calcify into tartar, which you can’t remove with a toothbrush and floss. Inadequate hygiene allows oral bacteria to accumulate unabated, leading to bad breath and more.
  • An existing condition: When tooth decay and gum disease develop, they progressively erode your tooth structure and gum tissues, respectively. The gradual deterioration of your tooth structure and oral tissues can cause a host of symptoms, including pain and discomfort as well as chronic bad breath. During your dental examination, your dentist can check to see if you have an existing condition that requires attention, which may also help alleviate your bad breath.

Ask Your Dentist About Your Bad Breath

If your bad breath refuses to go away, then find out what’s causing it and how to get rid of it by visiting with your dentist. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Just Wright Dental in Corsicana, TX, today by calling (903) 225-2221.