Bad breath is everywhere, and nobody wants it, or to be around it. It ranks third behind cavities and gum disease on a patients list of reasons to visit a dentist. Dr Tom Seal has discussed bad breath in Seattle Magazine, The Seattle Times, and has been on King 5 news Health Link.
Malodor can be caused by a systemic disorder, or food ingestion. At least 64 species of bacteria and mucus from a sinus infection can cause bad breath. Acid reflux, dry mouth, and diabetes can also contribute to malodor. An ammonia smell may indicate kidney problems. Habits such as smoking are an obvious concern. Diets high in sugar increase the bacteria population on teeth, and in periodontal pockets.
Brushing, flossing, tongue scrapers, stimudents, mouth wash, and toothpaste can help. Any periodontal pockets can be improved with ozone therapy. If you have any broken or missing teeth, they need to be addressed. Chlorine dioxide in mouthwashes, and toothpastes breaks down sulphus compounds released by the bacteria and works at the source preventing bad breath…..Not just masking it for a short period. OXYFRESH IS A PRODUCT WE HAVE USED. Dental products containing chlorine dioxide also reduces the size of gum pockets, making the gums easier to clean and reducing the number of bacteria. Gingival bleeding is decreased.
To Prevent Bad Breath
l) Rinse with chlorine dioxide morning and night. It’s okay to do more if eating obvious odor causing foods such as onion, or garlic
2) Brush teeth, and tongue AM and PM, and after meals. A tongue scraper can be of great help. Ultrasonic toothbrushes and flossers can greatly increase cleaning efficiency.
3) Mouth appliances, partial, or full dentures: Rinse with mouthwash twice daily, clean tongue. Clean appliances with toothpaste containing chlorine dioxide. Let dentures soak in mouthwash overnight, if you can sleep well without them.
4).If you smoke use the toothpaste, mouthwash, rinsing for over 2 minutes. Wiping the tongue, or using a tongue scraper, and tooth brush, and floss at in morning and evening. If your mouth is dry, you may benefit for saliva substitutes. Xylitol mints, or gum help stimulate saliva flow, and helps prevent cavities. 5) Maintain your periodontal health, and restore any broken teeth.
6) Use oxzone in olive oil, or water to really clean up your mouth!
7) Please see us for a consult.
Medical Causes Linked to Halitosis:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Kidney Disease Pharyngitis
Drugs Linked to Halitosis: amyl, nitrate, anticholinergics, antidepressants, antihistamines, antipsyshotics, decongestants, metronidazole and narcotics