It can be embarrassing to talk about out. However, having bad breath is not only a health issue; it can quickly become an emotional one as well, especially if you are not sure about the cause. At Stetson Hills Dental, we know how frustrating it can be to have bad breath or have a loved one who struggles with this. While bad breath is preventable in most cases, some serious underlying health issues could be the cause.

Cavities

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More than 90% of Americans have suffered or will suffer from a cavity in their lifetime. While cavities are usually easily treated, unattended cavities can lead to tooth decay. As the bacteria sit and feast on your enamel, your tooth will begin to die. This decaying process can cause some smelly breath if left untreated. If it has been more than six months since your last dental exam and cleaning, we recommend contacting your dentist’s office to schedule a visit. 

You can help prevent cavities by having a good dental routine. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice per day for at least two minutes each time. This routine will help decrease the number of bacteria in your mouth and help promote fresh breath. However, some illnesses can increase bacteria in the mouth. In these cases, brushing your teeth will not be enough to curve the stench in your mouth.

Diabetes and Kidney Disease

Two more severe diseases that can cause bad breath are diabetes and kidney disease. Because diabetes can increase blood sugar levels, your saliva will be full of glucose—something bacteria love. The more sugar in your mouth, the more feasting opportunities for sugar bugs. 

Kidney disease is also a severe disease that affects the filtration system of the body. While an efficient kidney will filter out urea and bacteria from the bloodstream, a diseased kidney will not be as effective. This urea can then make its way to the mouth, causing bad breath and an increased risk of infections in the mouth. Therefore, it is vital to see your dentist right away if you are suffering from chronic bad breath, as it could be a sign that you have an underlying disease that needs attention.

Tonsil Stones

While not as serious, tonsil stones can be very smelly. These hard, yellow stones in the back of your mouth can sometimes become so big that they need to be removed by a dental provider. If you have bad breath, take a look with a flashlight and see if you can see any spots on your tonsils. If you do, please schedule an appointment right away. 

Prevent the Stench

You can do your due diligence in preventing bad breath by brushing your teeth, flossing, eating a good diet, and keeping up with your routine medical exams, including a visit to the dentist. Any of our excellent dental providers would be happy to talk with you about any issues you may have with your teeth, gums, or mouth. They will also be able to cater a dental schedule to your needs. Again, bad breath can be an embarrassing issue to talk about, but we are here to help you. Please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment at Stetson Hills Dental.