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Do Cavities Cause Bad Breath?

Posted on July 26th, 2021 by Dr. Nikoo Daftary

What Causes Bad Breath Even After Brushing?

Bad breath that continues after you brush your teeth may be caused by a number of different issues, including poor oral hygiene, chronic conditions, and gum disease. Here are just a few of the things that can contribute to bad breath:

  • Dry mouth
  • Poor brushing technique
  • Gingivitis or Periodontitis
  • Sinus or throat infections
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Stomach acid from reflux
  • Cavities

Can Cavities Cause Bad Breath?

Cavities are tiny holes that form in your teeth, and it’s easy for bacteria to collect in these pockets and eat away at the enamel. Even after brushing your teeth, food particles and bacteria can remain stuck in these decayed areas, which leads to bad breath.

Having bad breath doesn’t necessarily mean you have tooth decay, but it may be a warning sign. If your bad breath is accompanied by tooth pain, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Treating Bad Breath

Practicing good oral hygiene is one of the best ways to prevent bad breath and cavities. Be sure to brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day, and to floss once every day. Brushing and flossing will remove trapped bacteria, resulting in fresher breath. You should also schedule regular dental cleanings with your dentist at least twice a year.

If your bad breath doesn’t go away, or you are experiencing tooth pain, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. You may have a cavity or other dental condition.

Schedule an Appointment – Art of Modern Dentistry

The team at Art of Modern Dentistry has extensive experience treating cavities and related dental issues. We’re the top choice for restorative and cosmetic dentistry in Chicago, and we want to provide you with the best dental care experience. Schedule an appointment at one of our convenient South Loop or Lakeview locations.

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