What’s Causing Your Bad Breath?


We all suffer from bad breath once in a while, and it’s embarrassing when we do. You spend time checking you breath to be sure it isn’t bad, you swish your mouth with water, mouthwash, you brush, or you chew gum all in the hope that it will go away.

Living with chronically bad breath is a whole other kind of problem, and it’s even more embarrassing! No matter what you seem to do you just can’t shake that sour, gross taste or the feeling that everyone knows your breath is horrible.

At Precise Dental Of Houston we don’t think anyone should have to live with bad breath, which is why we’ve developed a complete bad breath care system. When you come to see us we’ll do everything we can to make that bad breath go away!

Step One: Finding The Cause

Treating bad breath starts with finding what’s causing it. Most people assume that bad breath is coming from the mouth, and that’s not always the case. When you come to our Houston office for a breath consultation we start with questions that will help us find the cause. We also conduct a comprehensive exam that will allow us to find oral health related problems – those are the ones that we can most easily treat.

Once we’ve finished our assessment we’ll have a good idea of what’s causing your bad breath problems and be able to recommend a treatment. Causes of bad breath can include:

  • Excessive cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Tobacco use
  • Certain medications
  • A chronically dry mouth
  • Sinus infections
  • Post nasal drip
  • Acid reflux
  • Dietary choices
  • Chest infections
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems

As you can see, the list of causes is pretty long. Some of those problems don’t have to do with your dental health at all, and if we determine that one of those is the cause we’ll help you figure out what you need to do next to find lasting relief.

Step Two: Treating Dental Issues

When our bad breath assessment determines that there’s an issue we can treat we’ll work with you to develop the perfect plan to eliminate your bad breath. The steps we’ll take all depend on the root cause, but regardless we’ll work our hardest to have you feeling fresh in no time.

Gum Disease

We’ll work fast to treat your gum disease so that we can stop any existing problems from getting worse. Gum disease is an infection of your gum tissue caused by bacteria getting beneath your gumline. As bacteria spreads and reproduces it causes a number of different symptoms, and one of the common ones is chronic bad breath.

With so much bacteria in your mouth it’s easy to see why your breath might not be too fresh, and our gum disease treatments can put an end to it fast. Using techniques like scaling and root planing we’ll go beneath your gums to eliminate the bacteria that’s causing bad breath. We’ll also use antibiotic creams to kill off anything that gets left behind and to encourage fast healing of the gum tissue.


Tooth decay creates deep “caverns” in your teeth that are filled with bacteria. If you have just one cavity it probably won’t cause much in the way of bad breath, but if you have several teeth suffering from decay you’ll probably notice some pretty bad smells.

We’ll place fillings in cavities that may be causing your bad breath, and you should notice an immediate improvement! For most patients with multiple cavities it will only take one or two appointments to fill them, and you’ll be on your way to a fresh smile in no time.

Step Three: Keeping Your Mouth Healthy

People who develop cavities and gum disease are far more likely to experience recurrent problems, which is why we take oral health education seriously at Precise Dental Of Houston. We’ll make sure that your treatment includes oral health education to keep your smile looking, feeling, and smelling fresh for years to come.

Good oral care includes:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day is essential. Make sure you’re getting along the gumline and every surface of your teeth!
  • Flossing each night isn’t an option – it’s a requirement for good oral health. The spaces between your teeth are incredibly vulnerable, and need the same care that the rest of your mouth does.
  • The tongue is a common source of bad breath, and we’ll help you learn how to brush and clean it as well.
  • Twice annual dental checkups are also essential. If we’re seeing you every six months we can easily catch problems before they get bad enough to affect your breath.

Take Charge Of Your Smile Today

No one wants to live with chronic bad breath, and now you don’t have to. If you’re ready to find relief give our Houston office a call at 713-234-6100. You can also request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you!