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Rudolph and Paino, DDS, PLLC

What causes bad breath?

Have you noticed lately that people tend to keep their distance when you talk to them?

We tend to think of bad breath as something caused by smelly foods like garlic and onions, which can happen to anyone. But if your chronic bad breath is taking a toll on your social life, there are probably other contributing factors.

Improper oral hygiene:  The most common cause of halitosis (chronic bad breath) is improper oral hygiene. Food particles can get trapped in your teeth and gums and collect bacteria that smell bad. If you don’t brush and floss properly, the particles sit in your mouth and cause the unpleasant odor.

Reduced saliva production:  The production of saliva is necessary to help wash away and eliminate bacteria. If you suffer from chronic dry mouth, you may also notice bad breath.

Stress:  Stress and anxiety can cause dry mouth, which also leads to a decrease in saliva production, which in turn leads to a buildup of the bacteria that create odors. 

Most often, bad breath is simply the result of a buildup of bacteria in your mouth, which causes inflammation and produces an odor that smells like sulfur.

If bad breath has become a problem for you, please call our Vienna, VA dental office, and one of our doctors will be happy to pinpoint the problem and provide appropriate treatment.

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