Most often bad breath begins in your gums. While brushing and flossing remove bacteria from teeth and gums, as much as 50% of the bacteria in the mouth locate on the surface of our tongue. Did you know that your tongue’s surface is the main breeding ground for harmful bacteria? These are the same bacteria that attack your teeth and gums causing tooth cavities and periodontal disease. Bacteria, oral debris and dead cells on the tongue give off toxins in your mouth that in turn produce foul smelling gases.
The best and most effective way of neutralizing bacteria that live on the tongue is to scrape them off. Studies have shown this can reach as high as a 75% reduction in odors emanating from the mouth.
A dental myth widely believed is that the stomach is the root cause of bad breath. Bad breath directly caused from the stomach is so rare that of a thousand people treated for bad breath not a single case was caused by underlying stomach issues.
Most often bad breath originates in your gums and on your tongue. It is caused by wastes in the mouth, periodontal disease, decayed tooth particles, debris in the mouth, and poor oral hygiene. The decay and debris can produce a chemical compound that creates the unpleasant odor.
Bad breath and also occurs in people with systemic disease and other medical conditions. Some of these include: diabetes, kidney failure, and liver malfunction. Stress, dieting, snoring, age, and hormonal changes can all have an affect on your breath. Dry mouth and tobacco use are also other common causes.
By removing bacteria and toxins, you are also contributing to better dental health as well, leading to healthier teeth and gums. The bacteria that you remove from your tongue are responsible for things like periodontal problems, plaque build-up, tooth decay, gum infections, gum recession, and even loss of teeth.
Please keep your teeth safe and make an appointment for the dental check.
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