Bad breath can be embarrassing, especially if you can’t seem to get rid of it. To help you discover the causes of your bad breath, our team here at Comfort Dental Excellence in Spring, Texas, is happy to help you with information on the causes of bad breath.
Bad breath can occur anytime thanks to the hundreds of types of bacteria that naturally live in your mouth. When you eat, bacteria feed on the food left in your mouth and leaves a foul-smelling waste product behind. Foods like garlic, onions, coffee, and many other items can also cause your breath to smell. Smoking can also put a damper on your breath. It can stain your teeth, give you bad breath and puts you at risk for a host of health problems. Tobacco users are more likely to suffer from gum disease. Since smoking also affects your sense of smell, smokers may not be aware of how their breath smells.
Do you often feel thirsty? If so, your mouth might not be making enough saliva. Saliva is important because it works hard by clearing bacteria and food particles out that could be giving you bad breath. Persistent bad breath is also a warning sign of advanced gum disease, which is caused by lack of oral health hygiene and cavity-causing bacteria called plaque. It is also good to remember medications can also be a cause of bad breath, which is why it’s important to talk to your dentists, Drs. Calder, Durr, and Short about any medications you may be using.
If you have concerns about your bad breath, or would like to come in for a dental appointment, please call us today at 281.376.4533 to make an appointment. Our friendly dental team is happy to provide you with high-quality care and service.