Presented by: Anne Bosy, M.Sc, M.Ed, RRDH.
“Controlling the Air and Putting out Fires” is the Dental Hygienists’ Guide to Oral Health. During the first part of the presentation, we will discuss how to clear the air – mouth air, that is. We will start with a review of the basics and common contributors to mouth odour and then talk about why there are different odours- fecal, bitter and acid. Where do these come from? Can stress and anxiety affect your breath? Why does garlic make your breath unpleasant and for how long? What happens when your mouth gets dry?
And once we clear the air, we will discuss putting out fires- inflammation! Inflammation is a healthy and necessary function for healing but not all inflammatory responses are healthy. For example, very small numbers of P. gingivalis can manipulate oral biofilm to provide inflammatory chemicals that will feed them. Another type of inflammation occurs in response to emotional stress- releasing C-reactive proteins into the blood stream. To complicate matters further, through a process called the gut-brain axis, an unhappy and underfed gut microbe will complain to the brain and create depression and anxiety, increase inflammation and contribute to unpleasant mouth air. This presentation will provide a few simple guidelines to help our patients stay healthy