Causes and Cures of Bad Breath (Halitosis)


? What is Bad Breath Caused By?

EVERYONE is scared of bad breath! Almost nothing is as embarrassing in social situations, in fact it’s the 3rd most common reason people visit the dentist! (1st is decay, 2nd is gum disease.) The good news is that Atlanta Dental Spa can help you control bad breath FOR GOOD! Do you commonly find yourself asking, “I wonder if my breath is bad?” or “Why does my mouth taste so bad in the morning?” This is very common, and the answer is pretty simple. Of course, bad breath can be caused from something you ate, like garlic or onions. This is usually temporary due to your last meal. We are discussing more of a chronic bad breath situation, where it seems like no matter what you do you still have bad breath. In almost all cases, bacteria is the cause. 90% of chronic bad breath cases original from the mouth, but there are other syndromes and illnesses that can contribute to bad break, like those involving the digestive tract. 

Bacteria is a big culprit of bad breath

As bacteria are allowed to proliferate and replicate in your mouth they release by-products of malodorous acids and fatty acids. The tongue has a large surface area that can house most of the bacteria that cause bad breath, about 75% actually. The tongue produces keratin to help coat and protect. When that keratin layer builds up it allows an environment for bacteria and dead cells to accumulate. SOLUTION: A tongue scraper can help manage the amount of keratin allowed to accumulate on the tongue. In addition, brush your tongue daily. Easy!

Periodontal Disease as cause for Bad Breath

In the presence of gum disease, it is almost guaranteed you’ll have some degree of bad breath. The aerobic and anaerobic bacteria causing gum disease that proliferate under the gum line secrete what is called Volatile Sulver Compounds (VSC). Everyone produces VCS’s because no one’s mouth is bacteria free. Yet, in order to be “bad breath free,” the levels have to be undetectable to the human nose. Have you ever noticed that when you floss you can get a foul taste in your mouth after? That is because you’ve dislodged some of that bacteria and VSC’s. SOLUTION: Get rid of the presence of gum disease in your mouth. We can help diagnose this problem for you at Atlanta Dental Spa.

In Summary:

  • Bacteria is the cause of almost ALL cases of chronic bad breath
  • Under the gums & on the tongue are areas where bacteria accumulate
  • The cure is pretty simple: manage the amount of bacteria in your mouth

If bad breath has been bothering you please let us help. Often times, people don’t even want to seek help because it can be so embarrassing. There is absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, if you have bacteria that cause bad breath your health may be at risk as well. See our Total Health page for more information.