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Does Your Breath Smell Bad?

Remember the smelly kid in elementary school?

Life was not great for that kid; you did not want to be them, and you do not want to be that person as an adult either. While we can not help you with your hygiene, we can help you with your oral hygiene.

If you are suffering from chronic bad breath, there is certainly a reason for this dental issue, and our team at DC Precision Dentistry can help you uncover it. In this post, we are going to discuss some of the reasons behind chronic bad breath.

What Causes Bad Breath?

  • Tobacco products
    • Smoking and tobacco use are strongly discouraged for the sake of your dental health. Patients who smoke or use tobacco products are at an increased risk of developing chronic bad breath. No gum or mouthwash product can effectively disguise bad breath caused by tobacco products.
  • Dental Hygiene
    • Proper oral hygiene is not only imperative for your teeth to look and function properly, but if not done correctly, it won’t address bad breath. Make sure to brush at least twice per day, preferably after meals. Also, make sure to floss daily, as this will help prevent bacteria from settling in your mouth. Brushing and flossing properly will help improve your oral health as well as keep your breath fresh.
  • Dehydration
    • Saliva can help clean the mouth as well as remove debris and particles from sticking to the teeth. Dry mouth will occur on its own during sleep, leading to what is commonly called morning breath, and it worsens if you sleep with your mouth open. Chronic dry mouth can be caused by issues with your salivary glands and other diseases.


To learn more about addressing bad breath, visit DC Precision Dentistry. Washington, DC dentist Dr. Deckard works with patients who are suffering from chronic bad breath. If you would like to achieve over better oral health, contact us to schedule a consultation, call (202) 851-7554 or request an appointment online.