Bacteria that reside between the teeth can also cause breath odor. Most commonly this occurs in people with gingivitis or periodontal disease. To see if you have odor causing bacteria between the teeth do the floss check. Floss a few teeth at a time. Then, smell the floss. If you detect a bad odor, see your dentist.
FYI: Bad breath caused from periodontal/gum disease can be one of the worst smelling breath odors. In fact, it has a particular odor that we call “perio breath.”
How can you tell if you have bad breath associated with gum disease?
- See your dentist! Only your dentist can determine if you have gum disease. We can treat the infection and give you recommendations for treating any breath problems associated with it.
- There could also be other problems creating bad breath from between the teeth such as tooth decay or trapped food. Only your dentist can pinpoint for sure the source of your breath odor.
Keep in mind, it’s possible to have gum disease and not have any symptoms such as bad breath. That’s why visiting your dentist regulary is important so problems can be caught early.
Be sure to check out our previous post on the Fresh Breath Check!