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Does bad breath ever feel like more of an annoyance than a problem you need to address? While bad breath isn’t usually serious itself, please understand that it can be an indicator of some serious dental issues.

You see, bad breath can actually be caused by an issue known as dry mouth. However, please note that dry mouth can actually be caused by several dental issues—such as smoking and using prescription medications. You see, saliva carries bad plaque and bacteria away from your teeth and your gums, but if you are suffering from dry mouth, your mouth won’t be able to produce as much saliva as it should. If your mouth feels dry fairly often, we suggest scheduling an appointment with our dentist as soon as you can.

Bad breath could also be caused by harmful bacteria on your teeth and gums. This means you’ll be more likely to have chronic bad breath if you are suffering from gum disease or tooth decay. Unfortunately, you may not be able to notice these problems at home. Luckily, if you visit our dentist, we’ll be able to identify gum disease or tooth decay and help you address these issues.

If you are interested in learning more about dealing with bad breath in San Francisco, California, please don’t hesitate to contact Melissa Maus & Associates by calling 415-781-0819. Our dentist, Dr. Melissa Maus, and our team will happily answer any questions you might have. We look forward to meeting with you soon.