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Having bad breath (or halitosis) can be so embarrassing and can hinder your social life. You may try using gum, mouthwash, mints, and other products to counteract bad breath, but these are only temporary solutions. A better solution is to counteract the underlying cause of bad breath. So, what are the causes of bad breath?

Certain Foods
Certain foods, like onions, some spices, and garlic, can cause bad breath. After these foods are digested, they enter the bloodstream and are carried to the lungs, thus affecting your breath.

Infection
Infections in the oral cavity from tooth decay, gum disease, or mouth sores can cause halitosis.

Dry Mouth
Saliva helps to clean your mouth. Saliva flow removes bacteria and food particles that can cause an unpleasant odor. If you have dry mouth, the saliva flow is decreased, so bad breath can result.

Some Medications
Unfortunately, some medicines can cause or worsen dry mouth. Because of this, they can cause bad breath indirectly.

Poor Dental Hygiene
Neglecting to brush and floss every day means that food particles may stay in your mouth, thus causing bad breath. The tongue can trap odor-causing bacteria if it is not cleaned. In addition, poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, which can also cause bad breath.

Feel free to contact Washington Dental Group today at 1-800-823-0830 to learn more about the causes of bad breath and to schedule your next visit. Our dentists and team in , Washington, look forward to serving you!