Does Having Crowns Cause Bad Breath?

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Crowns & bad breath

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If the crown is not well prepared, it there are small gaps between the gumline and the crown, some food and bacteria could get stuck in there, the problem is when a person have poor oral hygiene, I always recommend brushing plus using a waterpick 3 times a week, floss daily and mouthwash 3 times a day, of course the regular cleanings with your dentist. because having crowns is not the problem, but bacteria is. Thank you.

Crowns Do Not Cause Bad Breath

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Crowns, in and of themselves, do not cause bad breath but bacteria does.  If one is experiencing bad breath after crown placement, it can possibly due to poor oral hygiene.  Make sure your crowns are properly cleaned at the gumline.  If the crown margins are not closed and finished properly, food and bacteria might collect causing a bad odor as toxins are released from the bacteria and decay.  It is recommended that you have your teeth cleaned professionally at least 2 times per year.  

Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
New York Dentist

No. Dental Crowns do not cause bad breath

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Bad breath is not due to dental crowns but it is due to poor oral hygiene. The dental crowns require additional care and thorough brushing and flossing as there may be some food lodgement around them or under the pontics that may cause bad breath. So, Crowns or not, regular brushing, flossing and mouthwash will keep the bad breath away.

Gaurav K. Goel, MDS
India Dentist

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Crowns causing bad breath

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It is not the crown itself that can cause the bad breath.  If the crown shape traps food you may develop an odor around the crown if your home care isn't sufficient to keep it clean.  A waterpik works great for cleaning around crown and bridge work.  If you are having odor and you are able to keep it clean, call your dentist and have him check it.  If there is leaking, you could be developing decay around the crown.

Don W. Ririe, DDS
Portland Dentist

Having dental crowns do not cause bad breath

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Having crowns should not cause bad breath as long as they are well maintained and kept clean; unless your crowns have leakage, poor fit or cavities around them.

Please ask your dentist or hygienist, they can show your proper way to keep them clean. Good Luck!

Hema Patel, DDS
Fremont Dentist

Does bad breath get caused by crowns?

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No poor hygiene causes bad breath or gastic upset, if your crowns are fractured and leaking then consider replacing the crowns good luck



Kevin Coughlin DMD, MBA, MAGD     CEO Baystate Dental PC

Kevin Coughlin, DMD
Springfield Dentist

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