What Could Persistent Bad Breath Tell You?

Does your morning breath seem to hang around longer than it should? Besides the fact that it’s embarrassing, persistent bad breath could be more of a nuisance than you might realize. As one of the most common dental symptoms, bad breath could indicate a number of different issues, from poor hygiene to an underlying health or dental health condition. If you can’t seem to freshen your breath despite your best efforts, then speak with Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron to determine what your bad breath is trying to tell you.

Your dental hygiene isn’t up to par

Did you know that dental plaque (the biofilm that sticks to your teeth) is made up of hundreds of different kinds of bacteria? In addition to making your teeth feel uncomfortable, bacteria also produce myriad substances that can affect your oral health. In the case of bad breath, certain mouth germs release foul-smelling sulfur compounds that can seriously taint your breath. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day and attending a dental checkup and cleaning at least twice a year will help keep your mouth’s bacteria under control, and largely unnoticed.

You have a developing dental disease

As a result of inadequate hygiene, the overwhelming presence of plaque and bacteria can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease, which describe bacterial infections in your teeth and gum tissues, respectively. As the conditions destroy your oral tissues, the excessive bacteria and infection can give off an offensive odor, fouling your breath in the process.

You should change your medication

Many medications, such as antibiotics and antidepressants, list dry mouth as a common side-effect. Clinically known as xerostomia, dry mouth occurs when you don’t produce enough saliva, which creates a hospitable environment for harmful bacteria to grow and multiply. If you experience dry mouth and bad breath due to current medication, then your physician may recommend alternative medication.


As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.