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Halitosis/Breath Treatment: More than just a lifestyle problem!

Woman checking her breathMore than 90 million people struggle with chronic bad breath. Typically, poor oral hygiene habits leave decaying food particles, other debris, and bacteria in the mouth. These conditions produce volatile sulfur compounds just like those found in rotten eggs, resulting in foul-smelling breath. Chewing gum, mints, and normal mouthwash won't cure halitosis.

Bad breath is also one of the main symptoms of a serious underlying periodontal condition: gum disease. Many patients who come to us for help with halitosis don’t realize they actually have some form of gum disease. Although gum disease is terribly pervasive, it's also preventable. When you visit our office because of halitosis, we will carefully check for the warning signs of gum disease: red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, gums pulling away from teeth, loose or separating teeth, pus between the gum and tooth, bite changes, and/or a change in the fit of dentures. If gum disease exists, treating it may also cure your halitosis. Internal infections, diabetes, kidney failure, liver malfunction, and radiation treatment for cancer can also contribute to halitosis. Lifestyle conditions such as stress, dieting, snoring, advanced age, and hormonal changes may also stimulate bad breath.

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What You Can Do About It

Regardless of the cause, bad breath is treatable even if it is not associated with gum disease. First, institute consistent oral hygiene: regular professional cleanings, brushing twice each day, daily flossing, and tongue cleaning. Cleaning the tongue with a specially designed scraper will remove bacterial build up 10 times more effective than a toothbrush. If meticulous hygiene is insufficient for eliminating bad breath, invest in a professional breath kit such as the CloSYSII, which includes a specially formulated toothpaste, a chlorine-stabilized rinse that destroys those odorous sulfur compounds for up to 5 hours, and a tongue scraper. Most people notice an immediate improvement.

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