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  • How to Prevent and Treat Bad Breath - US News and World Report, 1/8/14 - "Chances are, your halitosis is related to dental issues. Maybe you've slipped off the gold star chart for oral hygiene and have become lax with brushing, flossing, tongue scrubbing and meeting with a dentist twice a year ... Plaque buildup from poor dental hygiene habits can also lead to gum disease – another common culprit of bad breath. What else can turn a good mouth bad-smelling? Decay. Whether its in cavities, poor restorations or those spots under old crowns and fillings ... Yeast infections of the mouth, which are most common among denture-wearers, can spell trouble for your breath, and so can xerostomia – a condition more commonly known as dry mouth ... Bad breath has also been linked to medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney and liver disease, lung and sinus infections and bronchitis"
  • Salivary Testing for Periodontal Disease - Medscape, 3/26/12 - "Salivary samples were sent to the laboratory for a DNA-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test (My Perio Path®; OralDNA Labs; Brentwood, Tennessee) to test for the presence of high-risk pathogens and a periodontal susceptibility test (PST®, OralDNA Labs, Brentwood, Tennessee) for the probability of more severe periodontal disease. The DNA bacteria test identifies the type and concentration of pathogenic bacteria that are known to cause periodontal disease. The PST detects variations in the genes for interleukin 1A and 1B that suggest a predisposition for overexpression of inflammation and risk for periodontal disease. These tests permit appropriate treatment of the patient's periodontal disease, without overtreating or undertreating, and take the level of risk for future disease and complications into consideration ... All of these pathogens are associated with periodontal disease. Aa leukotoxin kills white blood cells in a variety of ways, allowing pathogenic bacteria to survive the immune response and releasing compounds that are essential for bacteria survival and growth. Aa leukotoxin is involved in attachment loss in adolescents, indicating that it plays a role in the pathogenesis of aggressive periodontitis ... Specific home care instructions: Use a power toothbrush ... Use a water irrigator ... Use antibacterial tooth paste ... Use antibacterial mouth rinse ... Eat a balanced diet high in antioxidants ... Take high-quality nutritional supplementation ... Get adequate rest and exercise ... adjunct to treatment based on the patient's bacterial profile: amoxicillin 500 mg 3 times daily for 8 days and metronidazole 500 mg twice daily for 8 days beginning on the last day of periodontal therapy ... Taking into consideration the transmissible nature of Aa, the odds that his wife has a similar periodontal pathogen profile are substantial"
  • Diet and halitosis - Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2011 Jun 13 - "Transient-altered breath smell usually reflects the effects of foodstuffs, whereas longstanding halitosis is almost always because of oral disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis. There is, however, increasing evidence that upper gastrointestinal tract disease may give rise to halitosis and that extracts of foodstuffs may be future therapeutic agents for the treatment of halitosis derived from the mouth or upper gastrointestinal tract" - Note:  The point being that mouth wash isn't going to cure gingivitis or periodontal disease so you're probably wasting your money.  I've never had any luck with flossing plus who has that much time?  Halitosis is one of my pet peeves.  I was at Home Depot the other day and someone was shopping in an area that I was looking for something and it was so bad I had to go somewhere else until he moved on.  Same thing for some in my west coast swing class.  I can't understand why people ignore something that offensive.  Here's my suggestion along with frequent dental cleaning by a dental hygienist:
  • Unhealthy patterns of innate oral bacteria may cause bad breath - Science Daily, 5/16/10 - "Poor oral hygiene resulting in bacterial overgrowth is a known cause of bad breath and while treatment with antibacterials generally provides short-term relief, the malodor-causing bacteria quickly return. Bacteria attributed to bad breath are considered members, not imposters, of the oral microbial ecosystem suggesting that an overall shift in the structure of bacterial populations may be necessary to completely cure bad breath ... The results of this investigation clearly demonstrate that oral malodor is a symptom based on the characteristic occupation of indigenous oral bacterial populations, rather than solely on bacterial overgrowth due to poor oral hygiene"
  • Dr. Yosef Krespi Highlights Ways To Fight Bad Breath To The Roots - cbs2chicago.com, 12/31/08 - "Most bad breath comes from bacteria that put out foul smelling byproducts. They can live in plaque on your teeth, on your tongue, or in the little pockets that cause gum disease. But sometimes, they're a little further back in your throat ... Tonsil stones can't be brushed or cleaned, so it's difficult for people suffering from bad breath to get rid of tonsil stones on their own"