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Bad Breath: Could a Rotting Tooth be the Cause?

dentist Grand PrairieThe stigma of bad breath can cause extreme self-consciousness and greatly reduce your quality of life. If you are afraid to speak to others because of your bad breath, socialization becomes difficult, and it becomes imperative to find a cure as soon as possible.

Fortunately, a solution for your bad breath might be as close as your dentist. There are numerous possible causes for bad breath, but many of them can be corrected with basic oral care.

Most Common Causes of Bad Breath

A lack of basic dental hygiene is the most common cause of bad breath. However, if you normally brush and floss regularly, and still suffer from bad breath, it’s time to visit the dentist to look for another explanation.

Another common problem that can lead to bad breath is decaying teeth. If you have a decaying tooth that has not been treated, the bacteria from the decaying areas can cause bad breath. Your dentist can spot the decay and treat it, eliminating the source of the bad breath.

Other causes of bad breath include:

  • Gum disease
  • Smoking
  • Systemic problems such as diabetes
  • Consumption of strong-smelling foods

Many of these can be corrected by avoiding the causes, or by visiting the doctor or dentist for recommendations on how to treat underlying problems.

Treatments for Bad Breath

In addition to diagnosing and treating decay, other treatments your dentist might recommend include:

  • Clean your tongue in addition to your teeth
  • Be sure you are adequately hydrated
  • Use a water-based tooth cleaner in addition to your toothbrush

Other approaches, such as using a regular mouthwash, chewing mint or cinnamon gum, or using breath mints, help mask bad breath but do not address the root causes and are therefore only temporary measures.

If you suffer from bad breath and need to find the root cause, or if you need to schedule a regular dental appointment in the Grand Prairie area, please call Alpine Dental at 972-606-2999 today.

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