Fact or Fiction: Mouth Odor
Weâ€™ve all had bad breath at some point, but you may not know exactly how serious it can be -- or how to keep it from happening. Or do you? Test your knowledge about some causes of mouth odor.
Some people just naturally have bad breath.
Using mints, gum or regular mouthwash only gets rid of bad breath temporarily.
Bad breath only comes from the tongue.
Bad breath can be caused by poor dental hygiene.
All bacteria in the mouth are harmful.
A gum disease known as periodontal disease may be responsible for bad breath.
Bacteria in the mouth can emit stinky waste gases after feeding off proteins in our saliva and food remnants.
It’s normal for teeth to become yellow over time.
Most people figure out that they have gingivitis before ever seeing a dentist.
Bad breath is rarely caused by anything life-threatening.
Dentists diagnose chronic bad breath by simply asking you to blow your breath in their faces.
Bad breath is such a common problem that there’s an international society to study its causes and treatment.
It’s best to focus on the biting surfaces of your teeth when brushing them.
It's possible to brush your teeth and gums too hard.
It’s OK if you don’t brush or floss well as long as you get your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office.
If you’re very careful about taking care of your teeth, you only need to visit the dentist if you have a problem.
If your gums bleed every time you brush or floss them, you may have a serious dental problem.
Gingivitis can progress into periodontitis, which can result in deep pockets around teeth and loose teeth.
Periodontal disease can lead to even worse health problems.
Once periodontal disease leads to tooth and bone loss, there’s nothing a dentist can do to stop the spread of the disease.