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Causes of Bad Breath 

May 4, 2022

Stinky breath? It’s a common scenario that many of us have experienced. Shame comes first, followed by bewilderment. How could your breath smell horrible if you just brushed your teeth? Have you ever asked the best dentist in Plantation, FL this question? 

There are numerous causes of foul breath, some of which are easier to identify than others. A complete oral examination done by one of our dentists is often required to determine the true cause of the odor. 

patient cleaning his tongue as advised by the best dentist in Plantation, FL   

Why Does My Breath Smell?

Underlying Illness

Some cancers and metabolic diseases produce substances that cause odors in the breath. Due to the continuous reflux of stomach acids, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can also cause bad breath. If proper dental hygiene and thorough teeth cleaning every three to six months do not improve your breath, you should see your doctor to rule out the disease. 

Mouth, Throat, or Nose Condition

Smelly breath can be caused by infections or inflammation in the nose, sinuses, or throat. Tonsil stones, which are little stones covered in bacteria and emit a foul odor, can also occur in the tonsils. The “stones” usually fall out on their own and are harmless, but if you have any concerns, please contact one of your dentists. 

Mouth Dryness

Most patients take their saliva for granted, but when it isn’t there, problems may occur. Saliva serves as a natural cleanser for the mouth. It removes food particles that create foul odors. When you have a dry mouth, your natural saliva production is significantly reduced, which can lead to poor breath. This condition can occur during sleep or as a result of sickness or medicine.  

best dentist in Plantation, FL, checking a patient's mouth

Where to See the Best Dentist in Plantation, FL?

Our dentists at The Dr. M Center can treat bad breath. Get hold of us to schedule an appointment. 

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