Bad Breath or Halitosis

Anybody can be affected. Luckily, halitosis can be prevented.

Halitosis typically begins in your mouth, as bacteria work to break down food debris. The responsible bacteria are the sort that require an oxygen-free environment to survive, so they're usually found between your teeth and within the grooves of your tongue. This decay process releases volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), the substance that's responsible for malodor in your mouth.

In the premenstrual period, hormone fluctuations in a woman's body result in an increase in the production of proteins in the saliva. The anaerobic bacteria in mouth feast on this protein. As they feast, they reproduce with reckless abandon, releasing gases that cause bad breath. Additionally, the rise in estrogen that occurs at the onset of menstruation triggers the shedding of the body's lining tissues, including those of the mouth, again creating ideal conditions for bacterial growth.

Bad breath should be evaluated by your dentist or periodontist. You don't have to live with bad breath. Get treatment!

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Causes of Bad Breath

• Gum disease
• Decay
• Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
• Tobacco
• Certain foods and drinks
• Medications
• Premenstrual hormone fluctuations
• Illness


Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

• Bad breath  
Bleeding tender gums
Receding gums
• Periodontal pockets
• Loose teeth
• Spaces btw teeth
Periodontal abscess
• Bone loss
• Tooth loss

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