If you do not keep up with good oral hygiene practices, you increase your risk of developing gum disease and symptoms such as halitosis, chronic bad breath. Dr. Steven N. Rice offers gum disease treatment in Rockville and can address issues associated with gum disease, including bad breath, loose teeth, or swollen gums. Here are some of the key causes of bad breath:


Bad breath may be a side effect of eating foods that have very strong odors such as garlic, onion, cheese, fish, and spicy foods. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash can mask the odor temporarily but bad breath resulting from what you eat will not go away entirely until those foods have passed through your body.

Poor Oral Hygiene

If you have too much bacteria in the mouth, around the gums, and on the tongue, you may end up with bad breath. Make sure that you brush and floss regularly, use a tongue scraper daily, and use an antibacterial mouth rinse on a regular basis to control bacteria.

Lifestyle Habits

If you smoke or chew tobacco based products, you may also have bad breath and experience gum irritation.

Gum Disease

Bad breath that does not go away is just one of the signs of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. If there is excessive plaque buildup around the teeth, bacteria living within the plaque will create toxins in the mouth and can start to break down the gum tissue and jaw bone. If there is a living infection growing and spreading in your mouth, you could have noticeable bad breath.

Other Causes of Bad Breath

Some of the other causes of bad breath include yeast infections of the mouth, poorly fitting dental appliances, dry mouth, and certain types of illnesses.

Seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and making sure that you seek gum disease treatment in Rockville as early as possible can help you prevent bad breath.

If you are concerned about your oral health, set up your consultation for gum disease treatment in Rockville with Dr. Rice today!

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