Everyone gets bad breath sometimes. It’s a problem that happens to everyone, but does it seem to happen to you all the time? There may be many reasons you’re struggling with chronic bad breath – but there are fortunately lots of ways a dentist can help you with oral hygiene and other mouth problems to solve this issue.

Why Do You Have Bad Breath?

It’s well-known that certain foods and beverages can give you bad breath. Raw onions, garlic, alcohol, and coffee can all give you bad breath in the short-term. This type of bad breath can be resolved easily by brushing your teeth or eating a breath mint. But sometimes, breath problems occur even when you haven’t been eating or drinking food that typically triggers this condition.

Bad breath can be caused by teeth problems and other issues in your mouth. A dentist visit may be all you need to conquer your bad breath. There are many basic teeth care techniques and preventative care methods that can solve your breath problems.

Dental Diseases and Problems

Bad breath may simply be an indication that you need dental work. Tooth decay, for example, is 20 times more common than diabetes and five times more common than childhood asthma – and it can lead to foul breath. Tooth decay, which can show up in the form of cavities, should always be on your radar when it comes to your teeth.

Other mouth problems that can cause bad breath aren’t even related to your teeth. You could be experiencing a problem with your gums, such as gingivitis. There are lots of different components to your mouth and there’s a lot going on with your teeth and gums under the surface – things that you can’t always see. This is why dentists take X-rays and thoroughly examine your mouth when you have a dental checkup.

Make an appointment at a dentist office if you think you have a cavity or tooth decay. If you’ve noticed a highly localized sensation of pain when you consume something hot or cold, this is an early indication of a cavity. Often, cavities are also visible. They appear as dark spots on your teeth that do not improve or lighten with brushing and whitening treatments. These areas will also be sensitive to the touch. Tooth decay like this can cause bad breath that’s difficult to treat.

How to Treat Bad Breath

Don’t expect bad breath problems to go away on their own, especially if this is a problem you’re having frequently. You can’t keep chewing breath mints and ignoring the problem, as this is a clear indication that some action needs to be taken. If you or others are noticing that you have frequent problems with bad breath, take that action and don’t ignore the problem. Otherwise, it’s going to get worse.

Other mouth issues can cause frequent or pervasive bad breath. Often, bad breath is an indication that you have a dental problem that needs to be addressed. Treat bad breath as a warning and pay attention when it’s happening to you because tooth problems will only get worse if they go untreated. Take good care of your teeth and mouth to be healthier and happier overall.

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