Why Does My Breath Smell Like That?
Do you feel self-conscious about the smell of your breath? Do you find yourself keeping your distance when speaking to others? It is not uncommon to experience bad breath from time to time, especially after eating certain foods such as garlic and onions. Usually the problem is resolved once you are able to rush and floss your teeth. The problem becomes more serious when you experience frequent bad breath and you are not sure of the cause. Persistent breath issues can be a warning that something is wrong with your oral health. Continue reading to learn more about what can cause bad breath.
What is Causing My Bad Breath?
Although we have all experienced bad breath from time to time, frequent breath issues can be a sign you may have a problem with your oral health:
Poor Oral Hygiene
We often stress the importance of cleaning your teeth properly. Since we see our patients so infrequently during the year, we rely on them to maintain their oral health through a hygiene routine. When food and bacteria remain between the teeth and along the gumline, it can create an unpleasant odor. Brushing thoroughly twice daily and flossing at least once per day can help keep breath fresh.
If you have poor oral hygiene habits, there is an increased chance that you may experience tooth decay. If tooth decay remains untreated, it can lead to issues with bad breath. Untreated tooth decay will continue to progress until more extensive treatment is needed.
There are not many symptoms with gum disease. One of the few warning signs is bad breath. Similar to decay when you do not clean teeth properly, gum disease can develop from plaque along the gumline and between the teeth.
If you are located in the Kewaskum, WI area and are experiencing frequent bad breath, we encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible to rule out any of the concerns we mentioned above. We look forward to helping you improve your oral health.