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When was the last time you visited the family dentist?  If you notice that your breath is smelling worse than normal, this may be an indication that it has been too long.  Even if you brush and floss regularly, it can be difficult to reach all of the places in your mouth.  As a result, plaque and bacteria can build up in these hard to reach places and begin to produce an odor.  If you come in for a teeth cleaning, we can remove it, and your breath will typically start to smell better.  

Another reason to call our office is that the smell of your breath may be caused by a health problem.  Most people are aware that things like a fever or the flu can cause bad breath but did you know that your oral health can as well?  If you have a problem like a tooth infection or gum disease, your breath may start to smell.  We believe in the importance of early detection and, for this reason, recommend that you pay attention to how your breath smells on a regular basis.  If you notice that it smells worse than normal, give our office a call so that we can investigate. 

In addition to cleaning your teeth, one of the first things that we will do is look for signs of an infection.  An infected tooth will emit a strong odor, and as the infection grows, that odor will become worse.  Typically tooth infections cause some form of sensitivity or discomfort, however, in some cases, people don’t notice irritation until the tooth requires immediate treatment.  Your breath, however, may start to change right away so this can be a valuable tool for catching it early.  If you do have an infection, we may need to perform a root canal to remove the infected area, prior to sealing it up and using a crown to protect the tooth.  Once the tooth has been restored, your breath should start to smell better.  As a family dentist, we restore infected and damaged teeth on a daily basis and find that the earlier we can catch the infection, the less discomfort you will feel. 

We will also look for signs of gum disease.  This is such a common condition, and most people experience some form of gum disease throughout their lifetime.  The severity of it is different for each person but when caught early, we can prevent much of the damage.  For example, gingivitis can make the gums swell or become red and sensitive.  During this stage, we can treat the condition with a deep cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar from below the surface of the gums.  If, however, the condition is left untreated, the gum tissue may start to recede.  As it does, pockets are created in the tissue, leaving teeth susceptible to attack and bone loss.  Fortunately, your breath may provide the warning you need to schedule an appointment and have your gums treated early.  

In our family dentist office, we can help to improve your breath and treat whatever infection or disease is causing it in the first place.