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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath (halitosis) is bad for everybody. Unfortunately, most people have a hard time self-diagnosing this problem, and have to rely upon others to tell them about it. There are many causes of bad breath, most of them originating in diet and oral hygiene. There are also some more serious conditions that cause bad breath, causing many people to seek additional treatment.

Strongly-flavored foods like garlic can linger on the breath long after the meal is over. Seemingly harmless foods can provide food for the bacteria in your mouth. As they process it, especially carbohydrates like sugars and starch, they may expel sulfurous malodorous compounds.

Gum disease
The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, sometimes goes unrecognized by a person with poor dental hygiene. It may then progress to the second stage, periodontitis. Eliminating this problem is paramount in addressing the malodor.

Contrary to popular belief, stomach gasses do not cause most bad breath. The esophagus effectively creates a tight seal, preventing stomach gasses from continually rising to the surface except for an occasional burp. If the esophagus is compromised, there will be significantly more severe medical problems to deal with than bad breath.

Good oral hygiene is the best way to fight bad breath. A consistent regimen of brushing, flossing, and using anti-microbial mouthwash will help keep the numbers of bacteria to a minimum. Keeping food particles from staying on the teeth and decomposing, offering food to the bacteria, will also help

Bad breath is a significant social embarrassment. In these days of sophisticated modern dentistry, there is no reason for anybody to have bad breath caused by a dental condition. We will be glad to arrange a personal consultation for you, if you would like to learn more about your own breath conditions.

posted by Patti at 10:33 AM

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