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Bad breath has significant personal and social impacts, but what causes it? Check out Dr. Ufberg's post to find out!


Americans spend nearly three billion dollars a year on fresh breath remedies including gum, mints, and mouth rinses to treat bad breath. Bad breath has significant personal and social impacts, but what causes it? Obviously there are those easily explainable instances that occur immediately after consuming certain foods such as garlic, onions, cheeses or fish. And of course there's always morning breath that is caused by dryness. Halitosis most often originates in the mouth from untreated periodontal (gum) disease and/or from proteins trapped on the tongue where they are processed by oral bacteria. The bacteria releases sulphur compounds which are responsible for many malodors. More serious systemic diseases can also cause bad breath.

There are many myths about bad breath, however that may lead you the wrong way when trying to freshen your breath. Myth #1- If you brush, you won’t have bad breath.  Most people don’t brush for the full two minutes, so food particles may still be lingering somewhere in your mouth. It’s equally important to floss because brushing alone won't remove harmful plaque that becomes stuck between your teeth and gums.     Myth #2- Mouthwashes will fix it!   Mouthwash will work temporarily, but will not fix the issue. If you are using mouthwash, make sure it is one approved by the American Dental Association.  Myth #3- Breath into your hand to smell if your breath is foul!  

 When you breathe, you don't use your throat the same way you do when you talk. When you talk, you tend to bring out the odors from the back of your mouth (where bad breath originates). If you're concerned about bad breath, make sure you're taking care of your teeth and mouth properly. If you brush and floss properly and visit your dentist for regular cleanings, but your bad breath persists, you may have a medical or dental problem like gum disease. Call your doctor or dentist if you suspect a problem. They can figure out if something else is behind your bad breath and help you take care of it. If you have any questions, please email us at contactus@ufbergdental.com

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