One of the most common reasons for bad breath comes down to the foods that we eat. This may include certain vegetables such as garlic and onions. Once consumed, these foods are broken down and the odor will linger until these molecules have completely passed through the body. Solutions such as mouth wash and gum may only mask the smell temporarily.
If an individual finds themselves with chronic halitosis, they should seek out periodontal treatment immediately. These odors may be caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth that could be a byproduct from pockets of tartar and plaque. If left untreated, patients may find themselves developing the latest stage of gum disease known as periodontitis. This could result in permanent damage to the teeth and gums.
The key to preventing these serious medical conditions is great oral hygiene habits and regular trips to our dental offices. During your visit, we can examine your mouth as well as thoroughly clean plaque and tartar that brushing and flossing cannot reach.
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