Dr. Jeffrey Flamme, DMD – Causes of Bad Breath

Dr. Jeffrey Flamme, DMD – Causes of Bad Breath

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FAQ’s of Periodontics with Dr. Jeffrey Flamme What Causes Bad Breath? People will often ask me about bad breath, and of course it’s something that effects
their social life and so forth. What they think though is that it might be
something that they ate. Bad breath though is, is typically to do with
periodontal infection, and in fact, periodontal treatment can alleviate bad breath. But the bad breath is simply caused by the
bacteria that are in the mouth that are causing the periodontal infection. If someone has periodontal infection, it’s
constant, and so, there’s a persistence to the mal odor. Smoking is something that gives a persistent
odor itself, but since it’s promoting of bacterial infection and periodontal disease,
it can be a combination of both the periodontal disease and the smoking that a person’s
perceiving. Both with periodontal disease and smoking,
these are things that don’t tend to go away. Another can be dry mouth, lot of older patients
are on medications that dry their mouth out. If that’s the case then overnight, especially,
the mouth tends to be dry and the bacteria collect more. Another issue could be, stomach disease, stomach
disease is something that is more rare with anyone, and it can lead to an odor, but it’s
certainly more uncommon to have that as, as an issue. Another factor is just poor hygiene. Poor hygiene leads to a collection of plaque
and material in teeth, in other words bacteria, and as that causes periodontal disease that
it tends to produce a mal odor that one could find persistent. So in conclusion, I would say bad breath is
something that can be readily eliminated in the patient by just careful analysis of what
might be the issue, and simple treatments that, in fact eliminate the disease. For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Dr. Jeffrey Flamme today!

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