What Causes Bad Breath?

October 13, 2021

We all have it from time to time, and some of us continue to walk through life without knowing how to prevent it, or worse, how to treat it. We are talking about bad breath. Whether you took off your mask after getting home from the grocery store or a co-worker not so subtle mentioned it, finding out you have bad breath can be humiliating. In order to find the “cure,” we first must understand what causes bad breath in the first place.

Breathe Easy; You’re Not Alone

man with bad breath

A lot of people deal with bad breath, so don’t feel alone. It is no surprise, or it shouldn’t be, that dental neglect can be the culprit for bad breath. Not brushing your teeth is not the only cause for bad breath, and it might not even be the worst. What if you brush your teeth daily and still have the stench? The cause could be leftover bacteria in your mouth. When you brush your teeth, even if you are thorough, you could be leaving behind a lot of bacteria. This bacteria causes tooth decay, cavities, and (drum-roll, please) bad breath. Adding a flossing routine to your daily dental schedule might be exactly what your breath needs to turn from fresh.

The Serious Side

Bad breath is definitely a reason to keep your distance, but is it a reason to see your dentist? Yes. While bad breath is typically caused by failure to brush or floss your teeth, there are some more serious causes that should sound some alarms if it does not go away with time. Serious causes of bad breath include:

  • Cavities and Tooth Decay
  • Diabetes
  • Tonsil Stones
  • Infection of the Gums or Mouth
  • Dry Mouth
  • Liver or Kidney Disease

Yes, the cause of bad breath can be as simple as garlic in your pasta during lunchtime, but if it is persistent, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment with a dental provider.

You Can Prevent Bad Breath

By scheduling regular appointments with your dentist at least every six months, as recommended by the American Dental Association, you are giving yourself the best chance to prevent persistent bad breath. No, we can’t help you if your favorite snack is sardines on garlic crackers or a bowl of steamed broccoli, but a certified dental hygienist will be able to detect if something more is contributing to your smelly mouth.

Of course, if you are already dealing with bad breath, or you are curious why you’re peers seem to turn their head to the side when speaking to you, we are more than happy to schedule you an appointment. If you are new to our office, we are offering initial visits, cleaning, and a set of x-rays for just $59. Our dental providers understand that bad breath can be embarrassing, so rest assured that you will be given excellent care and discretion in our office. Our priority is to help you and give you the best dental care in Colorado.