Tupelo, MS – Dr. John Kenney - “Your Dental Health” --Bad Breath

Bad breath is uncomfortable and embarrassing but it is also treatable. There are several causes of bad breath such as strong foods, like garlic and onions…smoking…periodontal disease…dry mouth…various medical conditions…and improper or inconsistent dental healthcare. Eliminating the bacteria found on your tongue and gums is one of the first steps in getting rid of bad breath. The tongue surface is made up of many tiny fissures which can trap small particles of food. When this food begins to decompose, bacteria produce a sulfur compound which in turn causes bad breath. Periodontal disease, or gum disease is another source of sulfur producing bacteria. A professional cleaning by your dentist will remove the sulfur-producing bacteria from your mouth causing the bad breath. Bad breath can be caused by dry mouth. If this is the case, your dentist will investigate the causes and suggest treatment options. With the right treatment and regular visits to your dentist, you’ll notice improvement right away and soon will be enjoying fresh breath and a healthier mouth.