Do you find yourself constantly reaching for mint gum or a breath mint because you are concerned about how your breath smells? Or do you find yourself moving away from others when you speak because of your breath? We all experience bad breath from time to time, especially after eating and drinking certain foods. For many of us, the odor disappears as soon as we brush our teeth. Others experience frequent issues with bad breath, which is an indication of a problem with their oral health.
What Causes Bad Breath?
We all experience bad breath from time to time. If you find that you are experiencing frequent issues with bad breath and it is not caused by food or drink, you may have a problem with your oral health. Bad breath can be caused by:
Poor Oral Hygiene
If you have issues with bad breath, be sure to evaluate how you are cleaning your teeth. Be sure you are brushing for two minutes twice a day and using dental floss daily. Food and bacteria left between your teeth and along the gumline can lead to bad breath.
When tooth decay remains untreated, it will continue to progress and lead to problems in your mouth. Bad breath is one of the symptoms of tooth decay. If we recommend a treatment for tooth decay, be sure to schedule your treatment as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, gum disease does not have warning signs that immediately alert you to a problem with your oral health. However, bad breath is one of the few symptoms that can indicate you have this common condition.
If you notice that you have frequent bad breath, we suggest calling our office located in Jacksonville Beach, FL to schedule an appointment. If you have a problem with your oral health, we want to determine the issue and create a treatment plan as soon as possible. We look forward to helping restore your oral health.