Do you find yourself constantly reaching for a mint or chewing gum to freshen your breath? Occasional bad breath is something that we all experience from time to time based on what we happen to eat or drink, but once we have the chance to brush our teeth the bad breath usually disappears. If you feel that people may be stepping away from you when you speak or you have close family members commenting on your breath, you might have a bigger problem. If continual bad breath is something you are experiencing, you may have a more severe underlying problem. Continue reading to learn more.
You may be surprised to know what problem greatly affects the oral health of many Americans. Would you be surprised to learn that tooth decay is not the number one dental issue that affects most American adults? The answer is gum disease. In fact, there is a chance that you are suffering from the effects of gum disease at this very moment and are not aware that the underlying problem is there due to its silent nature. Gum disease is a serious gum infection, accompanied by inflammation, caused by bacterial growth along the gumline and around the base of the tooth.