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Bad breath (halitosis) can be caused by a variety of things, ranging from gastrointestinal problems to sinus disease, but the majority of bad breath cases are caused locally by bacteria in the mouth. As bacteria causes protein breakdown, bad odor can be released. This bacteria can hide everywhere in the mouth - around the teeth, in pockets between the gums and the teeth, next to fillings and crowns, on and around the tongue.. just about anywhere it can hide! To make things worse, the mouth is the perfect environment for these bacteria to grow: dark, moist, warm, and provides all the "e;food"e; necessary for the bacteria to metabolize. If left untreated, these odor-causing bacteria thrive and eventually cause bad breath.
Many people worry that they might have breath, but that they might not know or that people are too polite ot tell them. Luckily, there are a few simple bad breath self tests one can perform on one's own at home. One easy, and pretty reliable test for mouth odor is to floss your teeth (with unwaxed, unscented floss) and then smell the floss. If the floss has a bad odor, you may have bad breath. Other similar tests are to scrub the back of your tongue with a clean dry towel for about 5 seconds, wait 30 seconds, and then smell the towel. Again, if there is an unpleasant odor, you may have bad breath.
While a simple regimen of consistant brushing, flossing, tongue cleaning and regular dental visits can be effective preventative measures against bad breath, and in some cases can cure mild cases of bad breath. However, some cases of bad breath indicate severe levels of gum disease, which require specific treatment. These cases might be treated with traditional gum surgery methods to rid the mouth of disease and bacteria. However, today there is a new, cutting-edge, minimally invasive and painless procedure available called LANAP (laser gum therapy).
Laser gum therapy does not involve any cutting or stitches, and eradicates nearly all of the odor-causing bacteria in the mouth in one treatment. Since there are no incisions, the healing time and fast and virtually painless. No stitches are required, as the newly disease-free gum tissue can heal itself, making laser gum therapy the easiest, most natural treatment available today to treat bad breath causing gum disease.