Can bad breath be a warning sign of gum disease?

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One of the warning signs of gum disease is persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, the sticky, colorless film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. The bacteria create toxins that irritate the gums.
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Persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth is usually a warning sign of  gum disease. When bacteria build up on your teeth, they also irritate your gums. Your lingering bad breath might mean your gums are not healthy.

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