What is Bad Breath?
90% of all bad breath is actually foul smelling gases produced by an overabundance of bacteria on the irregular surface of the tongue.
Is There a Link Between Bad Breath and Gum Disease?
Yes, the same bacteria that causes bad breath causes gum disease. Since there is no way to completely free the mouth of bacteria, keeping the bacteria concentration to a low level should help stop the loss of teeth and maintain fresh breath.
Is There a Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease?
Yes, research has shown there is a direct correlation between active periodontal disease and heart disease. Gum disease provides a gateway for bacteria to get in the bloodstream and collect in the chambers around the heart.
What Role Does Stomach Gas Play in Bad Breath?
Odors from the stomach almost never cause chronic bad breath. However if there is another medical problem occurring, such as acid reflux or hiatal hernia, gas emitted through the mouth may contribute to bad breath.
Can a Cold Give Me Bad Breath?
Yes, postnasal drip is nasal fluid that drains from your sinuses down the back of your throat. This nasal fluid provides food for bacteria harboring on the back of the tongue.
Why Do People Have Bad Breath When They Wake Up in the Morning?
It’s caused from having a dry mouth. The decrease in salivary flow hampers the flushing action of bacteria from the mouth. Dry mouth allows an acid environment to build up quickly, causing sloughing of the cheek lining and providing food for bacteria.
Why Doesn’t Mouthwash Offer a Long Term Solution?
Over-the counter mouthwashes only disguise bad breath briefly. Studies show that alcohol-based mouthwashes actually contribute to bad breath. The alcohol dries the mucous membranes in the mouth, aggravating existing dry mouth conditions and causing minor sloughing of the cheek lining. This provides food for bacteria and breath may actually get worse.