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What Causes Bad Breath?

Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, can be an embarrassing dental problem. Dr. Scott Finlay and his professional team offer dental cleanings and other general dentistry treatments to help combat bad breath in their Annapolis office, though there are several causes of halitosis to be aware of and avoid.

Treating Bad Breath in Annapolis, MD

Causes of Halitosis

There are multiple common causes of bad breath to look out for:

Smoking and Tobacco Products

Patients who smoke or use tobacco products are at an increased risk of developing chronic bad breath. Smoking and tobacco products can also stain teeth and ruin tooth enamel. In addition, you may be at a higher risk of developing gum disease if you use tobacco as it irritates the gums.

Dental Hygiene

If the teeth and gums are not properly taken care of  underlying bad breath may not be addressed. You should brush your teeth at least twice per day, even after meals. Make sure you brush your tongue and floss daily to help prevent bacteria from settling in your mouth. Brushing and flossing your teeth and gums properly will help improve your oral health, keep your breath fresh, and allow teeth to look and function properly.


Saliva can help clean the mouth as well as remove debris and particles from sticking to the teeth. Dry mouth will naturally occur during sleep, leading to “morning breath”. Dry mouth can also worsen if you sleep with your mouth open. Chronic dry mouth can be caused by salivary gland problems and certain medications. Drinking enough water and brushing and flossing daily can help combat dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum can also help to clean your mouth without the risk of tooth decay.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you suffer from bad breath, make sure you’re brushing and flossing as well as cleaning your mouth by chewing sugar-free gum and drinking water frequently. You can also call Dr. Finlay for comfortable and comprehensive care at (410) 989-7132. Schedule an appointment with our professional team in their Annapolis office online here. Dr. Finlay offers routine dental cleanings and treatment options for patients with dental problems of all types.