While bad breath might be a symptom of some
other disorder, it most likely stems from dental decay and periodontitis.
Periodontitis is a disease affecting gums and bone that support the
teeth, and it results from inadequate tooth brushing and flossing. In this
disease, the irritated gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets
between the teeth and the gums. These pockets fill with bacteria and pus
which give off a foul odor.
Patients with bad breath need a complete dental
evaluation. If gum disease and/or dental decay is diagnosed, it can be
treated readily. The patient will no longer have an infection in his or
her mouth, and he or she will no longer have the embarrassment of bad
If you have questions regarding halitosis, please call our office.