Can Cavities Cause Bad Breath

can cavities cause bad breath

Last Updated on April 2, 2021 by Dr Gustavo Assatourians DDS


Lately, circumstances have led us to wear masks because of this new epidemic. It doesn’t only

make us feel uncomfortable, oppressed, or overly controlled, but also makes us notice, in most

cases, that we may have a health problem, which we didn’t notice before. It’s the unpleasant mouth odor or bad breath we have now noticed, it has perhaps lived with us even before we weared masks.

Wearing a mask for a long time produces changes in the oral and perioral

microbiota, but it is not the origin of the problem of bad breath.


The main causes of halitosis or bad breath are related to an enormous proliferation of bacteria in our mouths.

The bad breath originates from different oral and gastrointestinal health problems within us, 

and the most common and well-known is dental cavities.

Just a small space in our mouth can have a mix of saliva and remains of products derived from our food.

That space alone can contain millions of bacteria that proliferate easily, and within a  brief time it can become a dental plaque, faster

than what it takes you to read this article. This is the reason dentists

around the world recommend brushing your teeth at least three times a day, the average number of

times a person eats.


In a suitable environment, dental plaque acts on the structure of the tooth and turns into

cavities. That is why it is very important to remove dental plaque as soon as possible, with

proper tooth brushing, we must clean the remains of our food after each meal, including all the

tissues present in our mouth, not only on the teeth but also on gums, tongue, cheeks, and even

part of the throat, by using mouthwashes.


So you’re brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth, but you noticed your bad breath 

hasn’t gone away? This is because you not only have the accumulation of dental plaque in your

mouth, but also because you may already have cavities, tartar, or gum disease.

They combine, together, in your mouth, and you need to be fixed as soon as possible. The

solution at that point is not just removing plaque or using mouthwash, but maintaining your dental


Many of us know how difficult it is to live near family members, friends, or coworkers who have bad breath. If we are the ones who suffer from it, it’s even worse. Recently the world has changed many of our daily lives habits and hiding the problem by using mouth sprays is not the solution.

How much longer are you willing to wait to solve this problem? Contact Us

at the Channel Islands Family Dental office; we provide a wide range of dental services at our

various locations. Improve your smile and health with us. Call and book your

appointment today with our dentists in Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme.

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