Causes of Bad Breath

Las Vegas Dentist Serving Summerlin, Spring Valley and Nearby Nevada Locations

At Nevada Dental Esthetics, Dr. Paez and his staff understand the negative effects bad breath can have on your self-esteem and your relationships with others. Let’s face it: No one likes being around someone with offensive breath. And sometimes it can be hard to discover why you have it or how get rid of it.

There can be many causes for bad breath.

Bacteria – It’s important to brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day and floss at least once a day to remove bacteria. Brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper can help remove the bacteria that live in the grooves of your tongue.

Cavities – The decay from cavities can give off an odor if left untreated. It’s vitally important for your overall dental health to have regular check-ups to detect cavities before they cause serious problems.

Certain foods – Food heavy with garlic and onions can cause offensive breath. Take notice of the foods that really affect your breath and then avoid them when possible. If you can’t avoid them, brush your teeth right after the meal. Chewing fresh parsley or mint can help if your toothbrush isn’t handy.

Gum disease – Gingivitis and periodontitis. There are treatments, like laser gum treatment, to help get rid of gum disease and the odors that can come with it. If left untreated for too long, gum disease can cause tooth loss, bone deterioration, and a great deal of pain.

Dry mouth – For those with dry mouth, it’s especially important to drink a lot of water and stay hydrated. Chewing sugarless gum or mints can help produce more saliva and provide some relief from dry mouth. If those things don’t help, talk to Dr. Paez about special mouth rinses for dry mouth. Most are available over the counter without a prescription.

Smoking – While easier said than done, the best solution for smoker’s breath is to stop smoking. In the meantime, brush often, chew sugarless gum and try a mouthwash specifically designed for smokers.

Certain medical conditions – Diabetes, kidney failure, and bowel obstructions can cause offensive mouth odors. If you have bad breath that you can’t seem to control, talk to your doctor or dentist right away. The type of odor, from sweet to sour smelling, can give your doctor or dentist clues about a number of serious medical conditions you may have.

If bad breath is bothering you (and others) and you haven’t been able to pinpoint the cause, call (702) 744-8007 or email the office of Nevada Dental Esthetics in Las Vegas to schedule an appointment or free initial consultation. Dr. Paez can evaluate you and may even suggest a fresh breath program like BreathRX.