bad breath is a relatively common problem that nearly everyone experiences from time. Certain food can leave behind strong smells in the mouth, which are then exhaled, resulting in an unpleasant aroma.
However, bad breath may also indicate more serious oral health problems. For example, it is one of the first signs that an individual may have gingivitis, a bacterial infection that eats away at the gums that can result in the loss of teeth and other complications.
For this reason, oral health experts commonly recommend that individuals should see a dentist for regular checkups. This may lead to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that the patient was not even aware.
"It's important that you - and your children - see a dentist regularly," said Jerome Blum, corporate dental director of the dental insurance provider United Concordia. "Dentists not only take care of your teeth, they are also trained to look for signs of other issues, including bumps and sores that may be signs of a medical problem."