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Posted November 17, 2015

Everyone gets bad breath from time to time. However, some people suffer from persistent bad breath and find little to no relief. There are many causes to having bad breath. Discovering the cause of your bad breath, could be the way to find relief.

The best option when it comes to solving bad breath is by first consulting your dentist. Your dentist can discover the cause and provide treatment so you can get your oral health back in the right direction.

Here are three common causes to persistent bad breath:

1. Gum Disease: Gum disease causes bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, which is caused by too much plaque on your teeth. This will cause bacteria to go into your gums and give you bad breath.
2. Dry Mouth: Having a dry mouth occurs when your saliva decreases. Saliva helps clear away bacteria and food particles. When there is a lack of salvia in your mouth, food particles and bacteria stay in your mouth longer.
3. Smoking and tobacco: Tobacco is not only bad for your oral health, but your overall health as well. Tobacco irritates gum tissue and adds to bad breath. Tobacco also irritates your gums and increases your risk to gum disease.

If you suffer from bad breath, talk to your dentist. Regular dental checkups allow your dentist to discover any problems you may have orally. So, call us today and schedule an appointment. Let us give you a healthy smile this holiday season.

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