Battling Bad Breath
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CHICAGO -- You can have good oral hygiene and still have a problem
with bad breath, according to Louis Malcmacher, DDS. "Treating Bad
Breath Disorders" is the subject of Dr. Malcmacher's presentation,
Monday, October 16, 2000, at the American Dental Association's (ADA)
141st Annual Session, McCormick Place Convention Center,
"Many patients who I see with bad breath have the cleanest mouths you'll
ever find because they are trying to fight their bad breath, " Dr. Malcmacher
comments. "All they do is brush their teeth and floss and use mouthrinses
all day long. It's a misconception that all people with bad breath have poor
Dr. Malcmacher, a dentist in Bay Village, OH, says he usually introduces
the topic by simply asking his patients if they ever have a problem with
bad breath. "The obvious answer is going to be 'yes'," Dr. Malcmacher
explains. "Everyone, at some point, may have a problem with bad breath.
But, studies show about 25 percent of the population has a chronic problem
with bad breath that they are constantly trying to fight."
The basic science behind bad breath originating from conditions in the mouth
is that there are certain kinds of bacteria that exist in the mouth, which produce
volatile sulfur compounds. If there is enough of a buildup of these sulfur
compounds, the result can be clinical bad breath. "Everyone has these bacteria,
" Dr. Malcmacher says. "But, with most people, it's more or less in check.
However, the people with bad breath have a higher number of these bacteria
in their mouths."
There are several things that may contribute to bad breath, including certain
foods, or food trapped between your teeth, gum disease, tooth decay, dry mouth,
tobacco products or a medical disorder. Dr. Malcmacher advises patients to
drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and to keep the saliva working to wash
away the excess bacteria. He also suggests that patients brush their tongues
because bad breath bacteria can linger on the back of the tongue.
Talk to your dentist if you think you have a problem with bad breath. Your dentist
has new techniques to treat bad breath based on recent scientific research.
He or she will be able to determine if your bad breath is caused by a dental
condition and what the most effective course of treatment may be.
For more information about the American Dental Association's (ADA) position
on this and other health issues, visit the ADA Web site.
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Page Posted: October 03, 2000
Page Updated: October 03, 2000