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MouthBusters: Gum Disease Causes Bad Breath

What is the cause of bad breath? Do I have gum disease if I have bad breath? Dr. Alanna Wirtz busts the myth that only gum disease causes bad breath.

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Myth: “I’ve noticed recently I have bad breath. Does this mean I have gum disease?” – John from Waunakee

Dr. Alanna Wirtz: “Well that’s a complicated question. There’s many things that can cause bad breath. Gum disease is one cause of bad breath, not brushing your tongue can cause bad breath, if you have cavities… So those are the dental reasons that can cause bad breath, but there’s other medical reasons that could cause bad breath. If you have acid reflux and even some foods that you eat can cause bad breath. So, it’s important to check with your dentist first and then they’ll help diagnose what’s causing the bad breath.”

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