Q: What causes bad breath?

A: Bad breath is a common problem amongst many people. Chronic bad breath is known as halitosis. Mints, mouthwash, gum, and toothpaste act as a temporary fix. Certain foods such as garlic, and onions or smoking cigarettes or cigars can contribute to bad breath, but there are other more serious factors that cause true, persistent halitosis. For some people dry mouth is the cause for their bad breath. Saliva acts as a cleanser ad rinses away food particles from your teeth. If those food particles remain they begin to decay and cause odor. Another major cause of persistent bad breath is gum disease. Good oral hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing daily, can reduce bacteria and removes decaying food particles trapped between teeth and in gum pockets. Simply put….A clean mouth helps eliminate bad breath.

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