There are many causes of bad breath and not all are related to your mouth but one of the worst types of bad breath comes from gum disease.
Gum disease ranges from easily reversible gum inflammation (gingivitis) to severe periodontal disease that requires dental treatment to reverse.
Bad breath from gum disease comes from bacteria that live and grow near and even under the gum line. These bacteria not only cause a bad odor, they destroy the gum tissue and bone that surround your teeth.
Gum disease left untreated will eventually lead to infection and tooth loss.
Brushing, flossing and irrigating (rinsing) will help to keep your gums healthy and prevent this type of bad breath.
There are many great products that will help you kill bad bacteria and prevent gum disease. But you have to address diseased areas in your mouth first.
Get your teeth cleaned and diseased areas treated If you have bad breath from gum disease, you need a thorough teeth cleaning. It is possible that you will need a deep cleaning or additional periodontal treatment. Learn more about periodontal treatment options here.
Once your teeth are clean, your mouth will feel fresher and healthier. But that's just the start...
Revise your home care routine Your cleaning should include suggestions on how to keep your teeth cleaner and healthier. Ask for more explanation or alternate suggestions if you are unable to do what is being suggested. There is more than one way to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Keep asking until you find what fits your schedule and budget.
Maintenance Once you have complete your treatment, return for follow up visits and dental cleaning appointments at the recommended time. How often do you need your teeth professionally cleaned? Learn more about maintenance visits here.
Bad breath from gum disease is unpleasant and unhealthy. But bad breath is only one reason to keep your gums disease free. More teeth are lost due to gum disease than any other dental problem. And gum disease has been linked to other serious health conditions.
Learn more about how your gums impact your health here.