Chronic Bad Breath? It Could Be a Sign of Periodontal Disease

Chronic bad breath is no fun. Unlike the strong smell that lingers after you eat garlic or tuna, or the “morning breath” you wake up to, the odor sticks around even after breath mints, a good brushing, or mouthwash. Also known as halitosis, chronic bad breath can derive from a dental health issue such as periodontal disease. 

At Crownridge Dental, Dr. Christian A. Pham is pleased to provide effective diagnostics and treatments for the common but potentially serious condition.

Periodontal disease basics

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an inflammatory condition in which your gums become swollen, darker red, and they bleed easily, especially with brushing. The first stage, gingivitis, typically causes no discomfort. If it goes untreated, however, gingivitis can progress to the more advanced stage of gum disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis can bring a range of symptoms and complications such as:

Periodontal disease and bad breath

Bad breath associated with gum disease results from the buildup of harmful bacteria in the deep pockets that form around your teeth. These pockets easily trap more bacteria, creating a feedback loop if symptoms aren’t addressed early. These areas are difficult to keep clean through regular brushing and flossing, so you can also develop cavities and tooth decay.

When to see your dentist 

If you notice bad breath that won’t let up, see your dentist, especially if it’s been a while since your last cleaning or if you’ve noticed additional symptoms such as bleeding when you brush or floss. Very often, early signs of gum disease are detected during routine dental cleanings, which most people should have twice per year. Professional cleanings can help prevent periodontal disease from developing in the first place and detect other causes of chronic bad breath, such as dry mouth, cavities, and oral infections.

Periodontal disease treatment

Gum disease treatment always includes good oral hygiene practices at home. In addition, your provider may recommend:

Once you’ve received proper treatment for periodontal disease, your chronic bad breath should diminish quickly. To prevent recurrences, see your dentist regularly, brush your teeth at least twice each day, and floss your teeth well daily.

To schedule a cleaning or gum disease treatment, call or email Crown Bridge Dental today.

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