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Is bad breath keeping your loved ones away?

Bad breath or halitosis is one of the most socially offensive problems to have. Yet, most patients who have bad breath are completely unaware of it. Bad breath /halitosis can ruin your interactions with other people. If you want to know about the quality of your breath, do this at midday before lunch... breathe into the cup of your palm, then inhale. How is your breath?

Bad breath comes from the Anaerobic Sulfur Producing Bacteria which reside in the surface of the tongue and throat. These bacteria are supposed to be there, as they assist humans in the digestion of proteins .During certain conditions, the bacteria start to break down proteins at a rapid rate. Proteins consist of Amino Acids, and two of these Amino Acids (Cysteine and Methionine) are dense with sulfur. When these bacteria come in contact with these amino compounds, the smelly sulfur compounds are released from the back of the mouth. These compounds are frequently called volatile sulfur compounds (VSC), where volatile means 'Vaporous' which accurately describe their ability to offend other people with halitosis.

You can reduce the number of these bacteria if they are over populating your mouth or you can eliminate the areas where they might be hiding (such as around inflamed wisdom teeth or enlarged and infected tonsils)Since they are part of our normal oral flora balance, you can't permanently remove these VSC producing , halitosis causing, bacteria from your mouth. However, you can get to the bottom of the cause of bad breath in your particular situation. For instance... are you brushing and cleaning your tongue regularly? Not keeping your tongue clean provides a safe haven to these bacteria to grow and cause bad breath. Or to take another cause, do you have dry mouth? Saliva helps wash away excess bacteria. If you are not producing enough saliva, you could have a foul smelling breath. We could discuss strategies to cure your dry mouth and help you eliminate bad breath.

Halitosis is both preventable and curable. Treating bad breath is a very simple process once we get to the root cause of your problem. Don’t suffer... and don’t make your loved ones suffer either.