Common Causes of Bad Breath Explained by Your Richmond, CA Dentist

Sep 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Bad Breath, Dry Mouth

 Bad BreathFoul mouth odors can hinder your social and professional life. Bad breath can scare away a first date or sour an interview. Knowing the causes of bad breath can help you understand your treatment options. Our Richmond, CA, dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu will explain what contributes to foul mouth odors and how our dental office can help.

Dry Mouth Contributes to Bad Breath

Xerostomia is a condition that involves chronic dry mouth. Often a result of certain medications, snoring, or salivary gland issues, dry mouth is not only uncomfortable, but also a contributor to bad breath. Since the main functions of saliva include neutralizing acids and washing away food particles, a lack of saliva results in a buildup of odor-causing bacteria. Without sufficient saliva to rinse your mouth of food particles, the bacteria breaks down the food, releasing unpleasant odors. In addition, dry mouth can also create an increased risk of tooth decay.

Cavities and Stale Breath

Cavities are another main factor in breath freshness. You may notice a metallic or stale taste in your mouth when you have a cavity. Tooth decay contributes to bad breath because odor-causing bacteria deteriorate your tooth. Unfortunately, not all cavities are easily detectable. The majority of patients do not know that have tooth decay. Dental checkups are important for looking for signs of decay invisible to the naked eye and addressing infection quickly. Our Richmond dentist offers attractive white fillings for eradicating the odor-causing bacteria and discretely sealing off the tooth to further tooth decay.

Bad Breath Treatment in Richmond, CA

If you have chronic dry mouth or tooth decay, bad breath can have serious consequences for your professional and social life. At a dental cleaning, Dr. Moiceanu can discuss your options for treating bad breath. Call our Richmond dental office at (510) 758-7222 to schedule an appointment. Hilltop Family Dental happily treats patients from Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.


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