Do Cavities Cause Bad Breath?

Bad breath isbad-512.jpg something that can hinder confidence levels and even result in people being so self-conscious that their social lives

start to suffer as a result. Relationships can break down, they can struggle at work and find it hard to get close to people. Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialistic oral surgeon and the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice advised that bad breath is more common than people think and could be caused by a number of different reasons.

Tooth decay

One of the leading causes of bad breath is tooth decay. As the bacteria eats away at the tooth, it exposes sensitive dentine and pulp, with tooth decay comes unwelcome smells from the mouth. He advises that regular brushing and flossing to reduce decay is the most effective way to combat bad breath. Ensure you brush twice daily for a full two minutes and focus on each individual tooth to reduce the risk of decay and help freshen breath.

Gum disease

Another cause of bad breath is gum disease. It is one of the tell-tale signs of gingivitis, which is a mild to moderate form of gum disease. The signs of this gum disease include red and swollen gums, bad breath and bleeding when brushing. Speak to your dentist if you are experiencing these symptoms and ensure you follow a healthy oral routine at home to help the gums heal and improve breath.


Anyone who has an abscess on their tooth may experience a foul smelling breath and possibly a bad taste in the mouth. The only treatment is to ensure you visit your dental professional without delay and have the problem seen to as a matter of urgency. An abscess can also provide you with unwelcome pain, which you will want to eradicate quickly and effectively.

Smoking and alcohol

If you smoke or drink alcohol, then you may also notice you suffer from bad breath, both are harmful to your teeth and gums. Ideally you should try and stop smoking and cut down on your alcohol consumption to reduce the bad breath that you are so worried about.

Effective brushing

Tariq Drabu advises that toothpastes can help relieve bad breath by brushing twice daily. If your breath is very bad then ensure you carry water with you, rinsing it around your mouth throughout the day and make use of sugar free chewing gum to freshen your breath throughout the day.


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