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Does bad breath ever seem like more of an annoyance than a serious problem? While bad breath isn’t too serious—even if it is embarrassing—please note that it can be an indicator of serious issues.

Bad breath can actually be caused by a problem known as dry mouth. Dry mouth can actually be caused by several issues including smoking and using some medications. If you have dry mouth, your saliva won’t be able to protect your pearly whites as well as it should. You see, saliva carries bad plaque and bacteria away from your teeth, but if you have dry mouth, your mouth won’t produce as much saliva as it should. If your mouth feels dry regularly, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our team as soon as possible.

Bad breath can also be caused by bacteria in your mouth. Sadly, this means you’ll be more likely to have bad breath if you have gum disease or tooth decay. To make matters worse, you may not be able to recognize these issues at home. Luckily, if you visit our team, we’ll be able to identify these problems and help you address these problems.

To learn more about dealing with bad breath in Durham, North Carolina, please feel free to contact Ninth Street Dental by calling 919-286-9090. Our dentist, Dr. Shirin Mashhoon, and our team will gladly answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.