Bad Breath, Why You?

Falling victim too bad breath can be a hassle that we’d rather not have to deal with. But sometimes a medical condition can be the cause of your unwanted smelly breath. It’s common that stinky breath is actually cause by dental or gum issues that have been left untreated. We want to help educate you on the stinky truth about your smelly breath. Listed below are a few reasons that may be causing your unwanted bad breath.

Leftover Bacteria

The main culprit to smelly breath is usually a dental condition. It begins with bad bacteria that isn’t removed, avoiding foods that are sticky, brushing your teeth after meals along with flossing once a day can help you avoid bacteria build-up. Surprisingly, there are hundreds of different types of bacteria that are found in your mouth. Unfortunately poor dental hygiene can cause proliferation of the bacteria that can cause your unwanted bad breath.


Gingivitis is a mild gum disease that aside from it causing smelly breath because of bacteria build-up on your gums, it is a precursor to advanced gum disease. Gingivitis can cause inflammation, redness around the base of your gums, as well as gum irritation. You can diminish the symptoms of bad breath by rinsing with an antiseptic mouth wash.


Periodontitis is an advanced gum disease. Continuous bad breath is a good indication of gum disease and it requires attention form a dental professional in order to correct. Opening the pockets and reding the gums between the gum line and the teeth will begin the process of you losing teeth, misaligned teeth, and unfortunately horrible bad breath.

Plaque Build-Up

Build-up of bacteria from sugary and sticky foods that leave stinky, soft film on the teeth is what causes plaque build-up on the teeth. When plaque is not properly removed by brushing your teeth daily, it will become hardened and turn into tartar. Plaque bacteria, tartar and food particles will continue to build up and bush back the gums which cause bad breath and gum disease.

If you noticed the reoccurrence of bad breath, throughout the day or even after you’ve brushed and rinsed your teeth you could be in the early or even advanced stages of gum disease. Early detection is possible by visiting your dentist at-least two times a year. Looking for a great dental office in the Charleston area? Call Trident General Dentistry Today!