Bad Breath- what you need to know

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The YOU Docs, Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen, talk about bad breath in their most recent column:

http://www.realage.com/blogs/doctor-oz-roizen/bad-breath-test-true-or-false

Here at Exceptional Dentistry, we agree when they say that most of the “bad breath” comes from bacteria in your mouth, especially the back of your tongue. Improved oral hygiene: brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day, and cleaning off your tongue, is the first step to improving mouth odor. Certain mouth rinses can help, but read labels because mouth rinses with high alcohol content can dry the mouth too much and make things worse. Bad breath can also be the result of gum disease, gingivitis. As gum disease worsens, it spreads to the bone around the teeth and results in periodontal disease. Our hygienists are experts in treating gingivitis and periodontal disease. The bacteria of gum disease burrow under the gums and a professional cleaning is oftentimes only way to get them out.