Can You Have Bad Breath with Healthy Gums?
Posted: December 16, 2011Having bad breath can be a real nuisance, particularly when you try to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This issue led us at TheraBreath to try something of a thought experiment. Can you have halitosis even though your teeth are white and you have healthy gums?
As you might expect from such a leading question, the answer is most certainly yes. Even individuals who brush three times a day and floss are at risk for breath odor, which is why we provide specialty breath freshening products for individuals of every level of oral health.
It's easy to spot clean teeth. After all, white chompers tend to stand out naturally, just as their opposite - that is, stained, yellow teeth - also make an immediate impression. But what do healthy gums look like? Are they all that different from those that are unhealthy?
Well, according to the American Dental Association, healthy gum tissue (also known as the gingiva) is usually light pink in color. It is also uniform, meaning your gums are not spotty, streaked or discolored. Healthy gums cling tightly around the teeth and have little or no plaque stuck down inside them.
Infected gums look and feel very different. They are typically a deep red or purple, and they can get quite swollen. If you have gum disease or worse, periodontitis, your gums may be loaded with plaque and will appear to be pulling away from the teeth. And it almost goes without saying that unhealthy gums can be terribly uncomfortable or painful.
To keep your healthy gums in good shape, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research recommends brushing twice a day, flossing, seeing the dentist often and avoiding tobacco. Adding a specialty breath freshening rinse or lozenge to this routine may keep your gingiva even healthier, since all-natural, oxygenating products can reduce the level of bad bacteria in your mouth.