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Fred H. Peck, DDS, AAACD
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Bad Breath

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Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a very common problem which normally arises from the activity of bacteria inside your mouth. Though there is no means of knowing for sure, almost all men and women likely experience halitosis once in a while, with possibly one fourth struggling on a chronic basis. There are two types of bad breath. Occasional bad breath is caused by foods like garlic and onions and generally just lasts from 24-72 hours. The odor of persistent bad breath results if bacteria inside your mouth and on your tongue causes the formation of volatile sulfur compounds (VSC’s) as hydrogen sulfides. The presence of gum (periodontal) disease can even be caused by chronic halitosis. Brushing, flossing and the use of mouthwash might not remedy this sort of persistent halitosis and professional breath therapy might be needed.

Peck Mouthwash 2

Some people with halitosis believe that their friends, family and co-workers don’t realize they have an “odor” problem. That is simply because they most likely used a mouthwash earlier in the day and they are not aware that the odor-hiding flavoring has disappeared hours ago.

This is because nearly all over-the-counter minty fresh mouthwashes tend not to do away with bad breath. They can merely hide it momentarily. An unbiased analysis of fifteen mouthwash products highlighted that even though all of them covered up foul breath after 10 minutes, only some were still doing the job after a few hours. Furthermore, nearly all mouthwash products and solutions have alcohol which dries soft oral tissue and eventually leads to even quicker formation of odor-causing bacteria.

Mouthwashes are generally cosmetic and do not have a very long lasting effect on foul breath. In the event you have to frequently use a breath freshener to hide unpleasant mouth odor, your issue could possibly be far more serious. So if the continuous mouthwash routine hasn’t been helping you, and you’re still worried about bad breath, see us. We can help determine the source and, in case it is caused by an oral condition, develop a treatment plan that will help completely get rid of it.