Mouth Odors

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Mouth odors can be caused by foods we eat, such as onions and garlic, but halitosis is most often the result of neglect of oral hygiene. A poll of individuals over the age of 35 found that 60 percent knew nothing, or next to nothing, about the symptoms, treatments, and causes of gum disease. When you consider that more than 75 percent of Americans over 35 have some kind of gum disease, more education needs to be done to make the public aware of the need for regular dental checkups.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. The tragedy is that gum disease and tooth loss are preventable by using affordable, simple dental care products a few minutes each day. The price is high for not committing to such an easy routine: pain, tooth loss, embarrassing mouth odors, and costly dental bills.

Preventing Mouth Odors

Preventing mouth odors means preventing gingivitis, or gum disease. Halitosis that is not temporary from eating such foods as onions or garlic is most often the result of a health problem in the mouth. The early symptoms of gingivitis, aside from bad breath, include red, swollen, and/or bleeding gums even with delicate brushing.

The next stage of gingivitis is periodontitis. When this reaches the severe phase, the infected gums recede and develop pockets of infection. In advanced periodontitis, gum tissue and supporting bone are ravaged. Because the teeth are left without any mooring, they eventually continue to loosen and fall out. This later stages can be avoided by practicing proper dental hygiene.


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