Gum Disease May Be Cause Of Bad Breath
February 14, 2012 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) — U.S. periodontists are treating gum disease-related bad breath with laser gum therapy — making Valentine’s Day a little bit easier for kissing.
Periodontists Stephen Brown in Philadelphia, David Scharf in New York; Dr. Jason Stoner in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Joseph Nemeth of Detroit, and Karl Rose and Georgann Apgar, both of Washington, all use U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved laser technology to treat gum disease.
About 90 percent of bad breath originates from oral bacteria and a Harvard School of Medicine study said there is strong evidence the same bacteria that cause halitosis also produce gum disease.
When plaque collects under the gums, the bacteria in the gums release foul-smelling sulfur compounds, but the FDA approved laser gum treatment specifically targets and removes gum disease bacteria, the periodontists said.
The American Academy of Periodontology estimated about 75 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease — from mild cases of gingivitis to the more severe form known as periodontitis.
The National Institutes of Health said the symptoms of gum disease include:
— Bad breath that won’t go away.
— Red or swollen gums.
— Tender or bleeding gums.
— Painful chewing.
— Loose teeth.
— Sensitive teeth.
— Receding gums or longer appearing teeth.