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Fact or Fiction: Mouth Odor
by Staff
We’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.

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Using mints, gum or regular mouthwash only gets rid of bad breath temporarily.

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Bad breath only comes from the tongue.

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Bad breath can be caused by poor dental hygiene.

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All bacteria in the mouth are harmful.

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A gum disease known as periodontal disease may be responsible for bad breath.

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Bacteria in the mouth can emit stinky waste gases after feeding off proteins in our saliva and food remnants.

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It’s normal for teeth to become yellow over time.

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Most people figure out that they have gingivitis before ever seeing a dentist.

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Bad breath is rarely caused by anything life-threatening.

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Dentists diagnose chronic bad breath by simply asking you to blow your breath in their faces.

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Bad breath is such a common problem that there’s an international society to study its causes and treatment.

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It’s best to focus on the biting surfaces of your teeth when brushing them.

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It's possible to brush your teeth and gums too hard.

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It’s OK if you don’t brush or floss well as long as you get your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office.

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If you’re very careful about taking care of your teeth, you only need to visit the dentist if you have a problem.

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If your gums bleed every time you brush or floss them, you may have a serious dental problem.

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Gingivitis can progress into periodontitis, which can result in deep pockets around teeth and loose teeth.

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Periodontal disease can lead to even worse health problems.

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Once periodontal disease leads to tooth and bone loss, there’s nothing a dentist can do to stop the spread of the disease.

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