Bad breath is not only embarrassing, but it may also be a sign of physical and dental health conditions, including gum disease. Bacteria that cause gum disease live below the gumline and can produce a volatile sulfur compound, which is often responsible for bad breath. These bacteria also cause inflammation, but because it's below the gumline it can't be seen and is often not felt. The inflammation may make bad breath worse.
If you suffer from bad breath, the first step is to see your dental professional. Your dentist or hygienist may recommend that you use a water flosser (also known as an oral irrigator). The Waterpik® Water Flosser has been shown to disrupt bacteria that live deep beneath the gumline, reducing bleeding gums and bad breath caused by periodontal inflammation.