Bad breath plagues many of us, but it’s impossible to find a solution until you know what’s causing your unsavory breath. According to the family dentistry team at Mark Stephens DMD in Richmond, KY, bad breath can be caused by a lot of different factors.
Here are three common causes of bad breath:
- Medications: Mark Stephens DMD asks all of his patients who complain about sudden bad breath if they’ve recently started taking a new prescription medication. Certain medicines, especially those that can cause dry mouth, can also cause bad breath. Ask the doctor who prescribed your medication if bad breath is a side effect and ask your dentist for ways to manage it.
- Inadequate Brushing & Flossing: Regular brushing and flossing will prevent the buildup of food particles in your mouth, which is important for oral health and hygiene. When you fail to adequately remove food particles from your mouth, bacteria can begin to grow. This bacteria forms plaque, which can cause some seriously bad breath.
- Infection: If you’ve recently undergone any type of mouth or gum surgery and you’re suffering from pervasive bad breath, contact your emergency dentist immediately. According to Dr. Stephens, you’re more prone to develop infections following a surgery. Infections can cause bad breath that doesn't go away on its own. Consult with your dentist immediately if you think you have an infection.
Sometimes, seemingly unrelated mouth, nose, and throat issues can also cause bad breath. So if you’re not on any medications and you take great care of your mouth, but yet still have bad breath, consult with Mark Stephens DMD. To schedule an appointment at this Richmond family dentistry, call (859) 626-0069, or visit the website for more information on their dentistry services.