Does Bad Breath Indicate A Problem With Your Oral Health?
Do you find yourself constantly reaching for breath mints or stepping away from others when you speak because you are concerned about the smell of your breath? It is not uncommon to experience bad breath from time to time. It has happened to us all at some point, especially after eating certain foods. For most people, their breath improves after a thorough brushing and flossing. If you notice that you are frequently experiencing bad breath, it can be an indication that you have a problem with your oral health. These are some of the issues that can cause bad breath:
Poor Oral Hygiene
If you are not cleaning your teeth properly, you can experience bad breath. Be sure you are brushing for two minutes twice a day and using dental floss daily. Using dental floss is an important step that is often forgotten. Even if you thoroughly brush your teeth, your toothbrush cannot reach all the nooks and crannies between your teeth. Dental floss is perfect for those hard-to-reach spots. Remaining food and bacteria between teeth and along the gumline can lead to bad breath.
Bad breath can also be a sign that you have dental decay. Think about rotting food that has been left sitting out and starts to smell bad. When tooth decay remains untreated, it will continue to progress and lead to problems in your mouth. If we recommend a treatment for tooth decay, be sure to schedule it as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, gum disease does not have warning signs that would immediately alert you to a problem with your oral health. 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 Newmarket, ON 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 you restore your oral health.