Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Although there are many causes of halitosis (bad breath) , the most common cause is periodontal disease. Bacteria can release chemicals into the mouth that have an offensive odor. Likewise, cell death and tissue breakdown due to bacterial penetration, cause the release of offensive compounds. One can brush and use rinses to hide the odor but never reach the source of the infection. Only through deep cleaning (scaling) can the bacterial source be eliminated. 

Once the bacteria is removed, periodic cleanings are necessary to keep the re-growth to a minimum. This is especially true if deep pocket have formed from the original infection.

Keep in mind that no matter what the manufacturer of the rinse promises, it can only be effective if it reaches the bacteria, and rinses can’t penetrate below the periodontal pocket.

A periodontal exam and cleaning, good oral hygiene, and diet can eliminate the majority of halitosis. However, should malodor still exist, a medical exam should be performed to rule out a more serious problem like diabetes or cancer. Please feel free to contact our office if you would like to set up an exam of your gums. Call our Lee’s Summit office at 816-554-2663 to schedule an appointment.

For more information, please visit www.mouthhealthy.org.