Bad Breath and Dental Decay

We feel that while bad breath stems from mostly dental decay, other reasons such as periodontitis, poor oral hygiene or eating garlic or certain other foods can cause you bad breath in your mouth.

Periodontitis is a disease affecting gums and bone that support the teeth, and it results from inadequate tooth brushing and flossing. In this disease, the irritated gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets between the teeth and the gums. These pockets fill with bacteria and pus which give off a foul odour.

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Patients with bad breath need a complete dental and dietary evaluation at Eternal Smiles Dental Care. If gum disease and/or dental decay is diagnosed, it can be treated readily. You will no longer have the embarrassment of bad breath.


“I have undergone various dental procedures, all of which have been very successful. Dr Singh eradicated gum disease from improving my oral hygiene. I had pain and swelling in my gums which led to my bad breath. Happily now only a bad memory.”

                                                    George Fearns


How to deal with bad breath?

At the practice we can check your teeth, mouth, gums and tongue for any signs of dental abnormalities. We can also provide a thorough intensive cleaning session, which will remove all traces of plaque, bacteria and food debris, often the main causes of dental disease.

Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine will also help to prevent bad breath and related dental health issues.


How Does What You Eat Affect Breath?

Basically, all the food eaten begins to be broken down in your mouth. As foods are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, they are eventually carried to your lungs and given off in your breath. If you eat foods with strong odors (such as garlic or onions), brushing and flossing — even mouthwash — merely covers up the odor temporarily. The odor will not go away completely until the foods have passed through your body.

Why Do Poor Habits Cause Bad Breath?

If you don’t brush and floss teeth daily, food particles can remain in your mouth, which promotes bacterial growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue. This causes bad breath. Antibacterial mouth rinses can also help reduce bacteria. In addition, odor-causing bacteria and food particles can cause bad breath if dentures are not properly cleaned.

Smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can also cause bad breath, stain teeth, reduce your ability to taste foods, and irritate the gums.

What Health Problems Are Associated With Bad Breath?

Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth may be warning signs of gum (periodontal) disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. The bacteria cause toxins to form in the mouth, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone.

Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and dental caries.

The medical condition dry mouth (also called xerostomia) can also cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be caused by the side effects of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth.

Many other diseases and illnesses may cause bad breath. Here are some to be aware of: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.

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