Did you know that approximately 30% of the population have chronic bad breath and 70% of the population notice it on other people.
Contrary to popular opinion, the majority of cases of bad breath begin in the mouth and not in the stomach. Around 80% of bad breath is caused by gases given off by bad bacteria involved in gum disease.
Causes of bad breath in the mouth:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Gingivitis / Periodontitis
- Ill fitting crowns, poor designed bridgework
- Cracked, leaking and over hanging fillings
- Poorly cleaned dentures
- Other causes can include food, drink, fasting, smoking, and general morning mouth
Usually Periodontal Infection is painless until it reaches more advanced stages. However there are some symptoms which can indicate the presence of Periodontal Infection. These include:
- o Red or swollen gums
- o Bleeding when brushing (pink toothbrush) or at other times
- o Aching, itchy, sore or tender gums
- o Receding gums (teeth beginning to look longer)
- o Bad Breath
- o Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- o Loose, separating or protuding teeth
- o Spaces between teeth
If you notice any of the above warning signs of periodontal infection, please contact your general dentist and ask for a periodontal evaluation.
Important Note: Your gums can look quite normal and yet deep pockets of periodontal infection can be present. To be certain about periodontal disease, ask your dentist or hygienist to examine your gums for signs of infection.