What causes bad breath?

Did you ever wonder why people have bad breath? I am not referring to an occasional bout of garlic breath you may experience yourself after a satisfying meal. I am referring to bad breath that will slap you the face when you least expect it. The fetid, putrid breath that will work itself into conversations, perhaps at a family gathering or at a business conference when you are re-acquainting yourself with relatives or meeting a business colleague for the first time.

For these unfortunate people, a common cause for their malodorous breath is gum disease, also known as, periodontal disease. A disease that causes inflammation of the structures supporting your teeth and it is the number one reason adults lose their teeth.

What causes periodontal disease? Most likely it is due to poor oral hygiene or infrequent trips to the dentist. If you don’t visit your dentist regularly you will experience a build-up of plaque and tarter underneath your gums. This debris of bacteria and decomposing food particles creates toxins that eat away the delicate structures supporting your teeth, cause inflammation, and release stinky sulfur compounds.

If not addressed, periodontal disease will progress over time and you will lose your teeth. Not to mention, periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and smoking.

How do you know if you, yourself have periodontal disease? Take a good look in the mirror. Do you see red, puffy gums? Do you bleed easily when you brush your teeth? When was the last time you tore off a piece of dental floss and actually used it in your mouth? Are your teeth loose or separating? And of course, do you have bad monster breath? If you’re not sure, ask a good friend or close relative, or your co-worker who is always offering you a breath mint or a piece of gum.

If you have these signs or if you are still not sure, call and schedule an appointment today.

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