Monday February 13, kicked off National Bad Breath Awareness Month, a grassroots dental health campaign sponsored by periodontists who treat gum disease with FDA approved lasers and wish to raise awareness among Americans about the prevalence of gum disease and its health risks.
According to a recent Harvard School of Medicine report, approximately 90 percent of bad breath originates from oral bacteria. Harvard’s report provides strong evidence that the same bacteria that cause halitosis also produce gum disease. When plaque collects under the gums, the bacteria in the gums release foul-smelling sulfur compounds. The FDA approved laser gum treatment specifically to target and remove gum disease bacteria.
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) estimates that approximately 75% of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease - from mild cases of gingivitis to the more severe form known as periodontitis.
The symptoms of gum disease, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), include:
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
If you suffer from chronic bad breath you may want to seek help from an Atlanta Laser Periodontist and schedule a Bad Breath Screening that can include a medical history review, a gum disease assessment and a diet evaluation to determine the likely cause of the bad breath.