The most dedicated brusher and flosser will not kick a chronic bad breath problem. Actually, many bad breath sufferers are great at keeping their mouths clean. Research shows that 50% of the population suffer from bad breath, (halitosis), or a bad taste problem.
The most common cause of bad breath is bacteria on the tongue and teeth. These bacteria cause gum and bone disease, toxic chemicals and produce unpleasant smells. These odours can be rotten egg, fecal, metallic and rotting cabbage smells. They are called volatile sulphur compounds or VSC’s and indicate that there is presence of an oral infection. Bacteria in your mouth will feed off of organic matter. That organic matter is YOU! Yes! all the living tissue and dead cells in your mouth, as well as proteins in your saliva, feed the oral bacteria.
Diet, poor eating habits or reflux disorder can cause bad breath. Calcified material in tonsils, known as tonsilloliths, are also very foul smelling. Bad breath affects us emotionally, physiologically and socially. Websites like oravital.com can offer great information on this topic. One way of knowing if your breath is offensive is by licking your wrist. Yes! , lick your wrist, wait a few seconds and then smell it. No…..it’s not a trick!
Don’t hesitate to talk about breath issues with your Dental Hygienist, that’s what we’re here for.