Does My Breath Smell? Causes Of Bad Breath
Do you find yourself constantly moving away when you speak to others or frequently reaching for mints to freshen your breath? We have all experienced bad breath at one point or another. Typically, it is from drinking coffee or eating certain foods. If you find yourself frequently experiencing bad breath, your mouth may be giving you a warning about a problem with your oral health.
Causes of Bad Breath
If you are experiencing persistent bad breath, it can be from something that you can fix and improve at home. However, there are certain oral health conditions that need to be addressed to fix the smell of your breath. Bad breath can be caused by:
Poor Oral Hygiene
If you are not brushing and flossing your teeth properly, it can lead to problems with bad breath. While we know that many people realize they should be brushing their teeth daily. There are not many who understand how long they should be brushing. Everyone should brush their teeth for a minimum of two minutes, twice a day. To truly understand how long two minutes is, we recommend setting a timer for yourself when you brush your teeth. In addition, we have found that there are a number of people who are not using floss daily. When food and bacteria remain trapped between the teeth, it can cause unpleasant odors.
This condition affects more than half of American adults, and bad breath is one of the few symptoms that can alert patients to the problem. If you experience persistent bad breath, be sure to check your gums for signs of redness and inflammation.
Untreated Tooth Decay
If we have recommended a treatment to repair tooth decay, it is important that you schedule and receive treatment as soon as possible. When decay is left untreated, it will continue to progress, and you may experience problems with bad breath.
If you are in Wilmington, Pike Creek, or Newark, DE and find yourself regularly experiencing bad breath, be sure to contact our office to schedule an appointment. If you have a problem with your oral health we want to identify the issue and create a treatment plan as soon as possible. We look forward to helping restore your oral health.