Bad Breath

Nearly everyone has a story or experience with bad breath. Bad breath is caused by three compounds collectively called volatile sulfur compounds (VSC). The major source of volatile sulfur compounds, or VSC, is the breakdown of bacteria and human cells. Not very appealing is it?

To keep the level of VSC down in your mouth, simply minimize the number of plaque and dead cells. Regular brushing, flossing and mouth rinses all help in preventing bad breath. Mouthwashes containing chlorine dioxide are most effective in fighting bad breath.

Your stomach and intestines also produce VSC. It moves up through your mouth, and results in bad breath. Careful attention to your diet leads to discovering which foods cause bad breath. Avoiding those foods may lower the VSC in the stomach and intestines that travel to the mouth. If you continue to suffer from bad breath, let us know at your next appointment so we can discuss treatment.


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