Click here for Special Web hosting packages for visitors of this website only!

Free Articles  >>  Miscellaneous >>  Page 138  >> 

Bad Breath Is Often Caused By Dental Problems

Bacterial plaque, bad breath and dental problems are all directly linked.

The anaerobic bacteria that live in the mouth cause bad breath or halitosis, dental decay, periodontal disease and gingivitis. Anaerobic means living in the absence of air. These types of bacteria are mostly the ones that cause disease.

Some dental issue definitions are:

Bad breath - the odor produced by bacteria living off food particles, each other and dying tissue. Bad breath can also be caused by other more serious health issues. An example of this is diabetes that can cause acidosis which in turn causes bad breath.

Dental decay - caused by the acidic excrement from the bacteria. The tooth is literally being dissolved by chronically being bathed in this acid.

Gingivitis - the inflammation of the gums caused by your own body trying to fight off the invasion of the bacteria.

Periodontal disease - (perio = around, and dontal = tooth) the loss of bone and tissue attachment around the tooth. It is caused by a microbial invasion around the tooth by anaerobic bacteria.

Between the teeth, along the gum line and on the surface of the tongue is where the film of plaque grows best. The odors and acids accumulate in these areas. The plaque is produced by the bacteria. Bad breath is caused by not being able to keep the population of bacteria under control. In most cases poor oral hygiene is the culprit. Cleaning teeth twice daily is the minimum requirement for reducing the population of bacteria. However, meticulous cleaning is difficult. Tooth brushing does not access in between teeth and often causes ridges and grooves along the gum line. Oral irrigating does not cut through the sticky greasy barrier the plaque produces.

Alternately, bad breath is caused by infections from dental decay, gingivitis, or periodontal disease. Once again, poor oral hygiene is the biggest reason for these infections. Unknown to most people, is the fact that improper flossing may take an infection from one part of the mouth and spread it to a healthy part. The infections also produce dead tissue, which add to the food feeding frenzy of the bacteria. The gasses from the dead tissue are what you smell.

There are other factors that contribute to the bacteria and odor besides food and infection. Smoking, mouth breathing, alcohol based mouth washes and certain medications increase dry mouth. Reduced saliva in the dry mouth does not allow your mouth to remove the bacteria that cause the odor.

In addition, the bad breath odor may be from sources other than the oral cavity. Some medical conditions cause bad breath. Infections in the lungs, nasal cavity or sinuses can cause odor that is associated with bad breath. Bad breath in diabetics is a rather common occurrence. And finally, less likely, but still possible, bad breath can be associated with certain conditions related to malfunctioning kidneys and some cancers.

Because bad breath is so repugnant to both the individual who has it as well as those in which they come in contact with, it is important to maintain a thorough oral hygiene regimen that includes cleaning the teeth at least twice, if not three times every day.

About Author P., Piero D.D.S. :

Want to learn more on how to reduce bad breath, have a white, healthy smile and manage periodontal disease? I have designed and developed a home dental cleaning system that uses the technology of the professional Prophy-Jet to power wash between your teeth and around the gum line.

I invite you to sign up for my articles at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

From P., Piero DDS a practicing dentist and inventor of Dental Air Force® and Baci The Dental Dog.

Follow ppierodds on Twitter at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

Article Source:
Article Url:

Article Added on Monday, August 10, 2009
Other Articles by P., Piero D.D.S.

Periodontal Disease 8211 6 Signs In Identifying Periodontal Disease
Most people are totally unaware that they have periodontal disease. Before major symptoms and pain occurs, this health issue may have already set in. For those that do not get regular six month dental check ups they could be well on their way to losing their teeth and contributing to other major health problems. Before the systems become severe, it is important that regular six month check ups with a dentist are made to identify periodontal disease. SIX SIGNS OF PERIODONTAL...

Want to Keep Your Immune System Healthy Keep Your Teeth Clean
Respiratory infections can be caught at any time of the year. The standard advice for the prevention of these sicknesses is to wash your hands and keep your immune system healthy by eating properly and exercising regularly. Washing your hands is one way of keeping the hundreds of different bacteria and viruses from getting into your system. Individuals with lower immune systems are more susceptible to infections, since your immune system helps to defend the body, if and when a virus slips in....

Tooth Whitening Offers A Rainbow Of Choices
Tooth whitening is used to provide a person with whiter brighter teeth. Stains from tobacco, food and beverage are the usual reasons to use tooth whitening products. Other reasons for the use of tooth whitening systems are age, genetic factors, and some drugs that cause discoloration of teeth. Carbamide peroxide is the active ingredient that whitens or bleaches the enamel of the tooth. In addition, the peroxide in tooth bleaching products is an oxidizing agent that acts like a pool shock to...

Diabetes The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes
Diabetes affects about 24 million Americans or about 8% of the population. It is a disease that is characterized by high levels of blood sugar caused by malfunctioning insulin production. An insulin resistant individual becomes diabetic when the pancreas can no longer put out sufficient insulin to lower the blood sugar and the organ becomes exhausted. The pancreas is controlled by hormonal feedback mechanisms. Acute and chronic infections create hormonal chaos in the body. Periodontal...

Dental Problems Are Linked To Other Critical Systemic Diseases
More and more evidence surfaces each year linking periodontal disease and other systemic diseases that are not in the mouth. In the presence of periodontal disease, the risk is much higher in contracting one or more of the other diseases. There are two types of gum disease. Periodontal infection is the advanced stages of gum disease that causes bone loss. The bone loss is irreversible. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and with early detection, treatment and proper oral hygiene can...

Is Bottled Water the Problem
During the 70's, 80's & early 90's tooth decay in children aged 2-11 was on the decline. It is thought that this was a reflection of increased awareness, school programs, fluoridated water, and possibly higher economic levels. From the mid 90's to today, that trend has reversed and tooth decay is on the increase. Today, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, 42% of children aged 2-11 have had dental caries in their primary teeth. In addition, 17% of children between 5-19 years...

Is Dry Mouth More Than Just A Nuisance
For those with chronic dry mouth (that feeling that there is not enough saliva in the mouth), they know its more than a nuisance. The salivary glands are not working properly. Not only does it affect chewing, swallowing, enjoying certain foods, digestion and even speech, it also affects teeth. Dry mouth can cause cavities. Most people may experience dry mouth from time to time if they are nervous or under stress. However, dry mouth that is persistent is not normal, it is not part of aging...

Periodontal Disease Influencing Psoriasis
From time to time, we may wonder if one disease in the body may cause another disease to crop up. It may seem strange how some seemingly unrelated diseases are linked, but as more and more research is done, we find those links do exist. Take psoriasis, an autoimmune disease (as is rheumatoid arthritis). It has recently been reported that periodontal disease may be linked to it. Psoriasis is a skin condition that, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation, 7.5 million Americans suffers...

Publishers / Webmasters
Article ID: 153710
DELINK URL from Authors Bio
REMOVE Article
Tell A Friend
Leave A Comment!
Download this article in PDF
Report Article!
Search through all the articles:

219 Users Online!!
Related Articles:
Latest Articles:
Miscellaneous >> Top 50 Articles on miscellaneous
Category - >
Advertising Advice Affiliate Programs Automobiles
Be Your Own Mentor Careers Communication Consumers
CopyWriting Crime Domain Names DoT com Entrepreneur Corner
Ebooks Ecommerce Education Email
Entertainment Environment Family Finance And Business
Food & Drink Gardening Health & Fitness Hobbies
Home Business Home Improvement Humour House Holds
Internet And Computers Kiddos and Teens Legal Matters Mail Order
Management Marketing Marriage MetaPhysical
Motivational MultiMedia Multi Level Marketing NewsLetters
Pets Psychology Religion Parenting
Politics Sales Science Search Engine Optimization
Site Promotion Sports Technology Travel
Web Development Web Hosting WeightLoss Women's Corner
Writing Miscellaneous Articles Real Estate Arts And Crafts

Disclaimer: The information presented and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the authors
and do not necessarily represent the views of and/or its owners.

Copyright AwareINDIA. All rights reserved || Privacy Policy || Terms Of Use || Author Guidelines || Free Articles
FAQs Link To Us || Submit An Article || Free Downloads|| Contact Us || Site Map  || Advertise with Us ||
Click here for Special webhosting packages for visitors of this website only!
Vastu Shastra

Indian Hosting Services Provided By AwareIndia

Company IDS