Bad Breath Can Tell You More Than What You Had For Dinner – Identifying Gum Disease

Do you suffer from bad breath No matter how many times you brush your teeth, chew mint gum or rinse your mouth out with water?

Bad breath is something that can cause all of us a lot of grief and can impede our self-confidence. Sometimes we can find it difficult to determine the cause even if we pay the strictest attention to what we eat and drink. Especially if you are at a job where you have to socialise with your co-workers, this can cause even the loveliest person to become alienated. Dr Geoff Ross in Melbourne has treated many patients with bad breath; most of the time, it’s a dental/oral related issue.

What happens if you have bad breath?

Bad breath is caused by food particles or infections in the mouth. When this happens, the moist conditions inside the mouth allow bacteria to thrive and because of the humidity, the bacteria turn foul and exhibit a scent. This scent is what we identify as bad breath. Infections like gum disease and tooth decay are some of the leading reasons for bad breath and when the mouth is not cleaned for extensive periods of time this scent can become a permanent fixture in our mouths.

Gum disease and tooth decay love to cause foul smell

If food is left in the mouth (be it food debris or microbial particles) than it is going to cause the teeth and gums irritation. This is because the food will mix in with the saliva which we know as plaque. Plaque is an erosive substance that eats away at soft tissue and tooth enamel causing them to become irritated. If bad breath is chronic than that is usually an indication that there is a developing stage of gum disease or tooth decay present in the mouth which will cause the bacterial odour to become present. It is important to identify the difference between bad breathe caused by oral health problems and normal bad breathe occurrences due to eating meat, natural products or sugary snacks.

Dr Geoffrey Ross can help identify your cause for bad breath and offer treatments to alleviate the smell

We find that many people come to us have foul breath and they do not realise that is it caused by whatever dental concern they are experiencing, be it a light form of gum disease, such as gingivitis or early tooth decay or tartar build-up. Bad breath is something that we are not meant to experience on a daily basis if we maintain a proper oral hygiene routine and watch the food we eat but still find that you are constantly smelling your bad breath (or if someone else does) then it’s time to consider that there may be other factors at play. Think of foul oral smell as not a terrible thing to have; in fact, it is a blessing because it is a way for your body to tell you that something is wrong, that you need urgent attention, that there is something wrong with your oral health. If you are experiencing this problem, call Dr Geoff Ross for an appointment today and he will give you a comprehensive oral examination and discuss the possible causes. No one deserves to suffer from bad breath and when brushing and flossing are not making a difference, it is time to take action.


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