Bad Breath Treatment
- Category: General Dentistry
Where does Bad Breath come from?
The effects of halitosis are generally experienced when the products of bacteria within the nose, stomach or mouth come into contact with the air. Nasal dysfunctions such as post nasal drip, sinuses and even problems simply originating from a poorly formed nasal passage preventing the proper flow of mucus can create bad breath. When these bacteria agents are allowed to lie dormant resulting from poor oral hygiene or the improper flow of saliva, the results of an unpleasant odor are not far away.
Plague is also a major contributor to bad breath. Plague, a colorless biofilm that colonizes and attaches itself to the surface of teeth, gingival margins, or spaces between teeth, can lead to bad breath, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.
There are several types of bacteria that are contributors to bad breath, all of which are the same bacteria that create the unpleasant odors found in rotten meat, sulfur and nitrogen gases, foot odor, feces odor, etc. Such bacteria existing within the mouth is a primary example of why oral health and hygiene is so important.