Just the mention of bad breath is enough to elicit a negative response from most people. Everyone has experienced this unfortunate reality, both in their own breath or in the breath of others. Bad breath is an outcome that has a simple cause, and the good news is that it is a problem with a simple solution.
You notice a red tinge of blood in the sink after brushing your teeth. Your gums are red and swollen and now your dentist says you have gum disease. Is there any hope in saving your smile? Of course there is! Periodontal disease may be serious, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat it.
You take good care of your teeth. You brush regularly and floss, too. So there is no need to worry about gum disease, right? Not so fast. Millions of people suffer from gum disease, and just because you brush every day does not guarantee that you will not fall victim to this common disease.
The effectiveness of flossing recently became the subject of controversy based on findings published by the Associated Press. Essentially, the AP announced that there hadn’t been enough reliable research conducted on the benefits of flossing and the overall effects it has on oral health. Their conclusion? Maybe we don’t need to floss after all.
We’re supposed to use our toothbrushes at least twice daily to keep our teeth and gums clean and healthy. But – surprise! – our brushes might not be as clean as we think. Given enough time, a lot of nasty things can be found lurking between the bristles. Scientists estimate that there are on average 1.2 million microscopic organisms (!) on every toothbrush.