What Your Breath is Telling You

Everyone deals with bad breath from time to time, but bad breath isn’t always as simple as it seems. What you think might be the result of a previous meal could actually be a sign of something more serious, such as tooth decay or health conditions. This is why it’s important to keep a close watch on your breath.

Bad breath isn’t always a sign of something serious, but it’s always a good idea to monitor bad breath in case it is in need of treatment. At Spring Valley Dental Care, we want to inform our patients about oral health, and that includes bad breath. Let’s find out what your breath is telling you.

Contributing Factors

There’s a broad range of factors that contribute to bad breath. Some are absolutely harmless and can be conquered with a simple rinse, but others may be a sign of dental problems or health conditions. Take a look at some causes of bad breath below:

  • Food (onions, coffee, garlic, etc.)
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Dry mouth
  • Dentures and appliances that aren’t clean
  • Respiratory tract infections

Treating Bad Breath

Aside from the potential health conditions and other factors that promote bad breath, one large contributor is the food you eat. When patients forget to brush or floss daily, food debris resides in their mouths. This allows bacteria to grow around your gums, between teeth, and on your tongue, resulting in bad breath. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash can all fight off bad breath, but persistent bad breath should be monitored closely for signs of poor health. Other than that, we recommend you keep your teeth clean and free of debris.

Call for a Cleaning Today

At Spring Valley Dental, we know the many dental problems that can lead to bad breath. Come in for a visit and Dr. William Boyer will check your teeth for signs of decay, give them a professional cleaning, and inform you on proper oral health. Contact us today or call us at 619.670.4471.