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Fred H. Peck, DDS, FAACD
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Bad Breath

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A common response of activity of bacteria inside the mouth is bad breath (halitosis). Even though it can’t be confirmed for certain, almost all men and women probably suffer from infrequent bad breath but it’s been believed that perhaps 25% suffer from bad breath on a regular basis. There are two different types of bad breath. Infrequent bad breath is the result of foods such as onions and garlic and generally just lasts from 24 to 72 hours. The smell of chronic bad breath results if bacteria inside the mouth and on your tongue causes the development of volatile sulfur compounds (VSC’s) by means of hydrogen sulfides. The presence of gum (periodontal) disease can even be attributed to chronic bad breath. Brushing your teeth, flossing as well as the use of mouthwash might not cure this kind of chronic bad breath and professional breath therapy might be necessary.

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Many people with bad breath hope that others can’t smell their bad breath. That’s simply because they perhaps used a mouthwash earlier in the day and they are oblivious to the fact that the blast of flavoring has disappeared hours ago.

This is because the majority of over-the-counter minty fresh mouthwashes usually do not wipe out foul breath. They can merely hide it for the moment. An unbiased analysis of 15 mouthwash products highlighted that though all of them covered up foul breath after ten minutes, not very many were still working after a few hours. Additionally, the majority of mouthwash products have alcohol which dries soft oral tissue and in the long run contributes to even faster development of odor-causing bacteria.

Mouthwashes are typically temporary and do not have a very long lasting influence on foul breath. In the event you must frequently use a breath freshener to cover up unpleasant mouth odor, your condition may be far more serious. So if the daily mouthwash cycle hasn’t been helping you, and if you’re still concerned with halitosis, see us. We can help identify the source and, if because of an oral condition, create a plan of action that can help completely get rid of it.