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What Causes Bad Breath?

You don’t need us to tell you that certain foods cause bad breath. But what you might not know is that bad breath isn’t caused by just food, but also by bacteria.

In many cases, bad breath, and especially chronic bad breath, is caused by a buildup of bad bacteria in the mouth. It can even be a sign of gum disease, a common oral health condition that affects as much as 80% of the population and is the number one cause of adult tooth loss.

Other signs of gum disease include:

Do you struggle with one or more of these? If you do, call Bethesda Sedation Dentistry or visit our website to find out about how we can help you treat gum disease. Dr. Klotz and Dr. Schlossberg are always happy to help patients from Bethesda and beyond with their dental needs, whatever they might be.

We also have a few home care tips you can keep in mind to help you combat your bad breath. First, floss at least once a day. Flossing helps dislodge food particles from between teeth. You should also brush at least twice a day. A tool known as a tongue scraper can help you remove bacteria from around your taste buds. Then, finish up your oral hygiene routine by rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash.

Other tips to keep in mind:

Call our Bethesda office if you have any more questions or would like to reserve an appointment. Dr. Klotz and Dr. Schlossberg serve patients from Chevy Chase, Rockville, Potomac, and Washington D.C.