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

If you notice that brushing, flossing, and mouthwash aren’t enough to prevent your bad breath, you may have a more serious problem within your gums.

Periodontal disease can be painful and embarrassing. To properly diagnose your chronic bad breath and get you started on a treatment plan, the Midtown Dental Care team offers comprehensive services for periodontal disease.

Why you have bad breath

Bad breath is a common issue that develops because of the natural bacteria in your mouth. It also results when broken down food particles in your mouth build-up, especially if you’ve eaten strong-smelling foods, like garlic or onions.

To prevent daily bad breath, you need to brush and floss away the food debris and bacteria after each meal and before you go to bed. You should also work on quitting smoking, a habit that contributes to bad breath and periodontal disease.

For some, underlying oral health issues like periodontal disease and dry mouth can cause chronic bad breath. Even proper brushing and flossing can’t always address chronic bad breath issues.

When you need solutions for persistent bad breath, the first place you should start is a full oral health evaluation at Midtown Dental Care.

The importance of a proper diagnosis of bad breath

Though everyone has bad breath from time to time, chronic bad breath may be the first indication you have periodontal disease. This disease is commonly known as gum disease, but it affects more than just your gums.

Periodontal disease can destroy many areas of your mouth, including your gums, teeth, and jawbone. If not treated properly, the disease can worsen enough to cause life-threatening health complications, including heart disease.

For this reason, a medical evaluation of chronic bad breath is vital. You need an accurate diagnosis, so that the Midtown Dental Care team can create the right treatment plan to prevent long-term health issues and the permanent loss of your teeth.

What to know about periodontal disease

Periodontal disease develops when bacteria in your mouth form a plaque that sticks to your teeth, especially after you eat. This is why brushing after meals is important for good oral health.

Any plaque that isn’t removed with brushing and flossing can harden over time into tartar, which isn’t removable with at-home dental care. Tartar needs to be removed through professional dental cleanings that you should be scheduling every six months.

Leaving tartar on your teeth and along your gumline can lead to inflammation and irritation in your gums, a condition known as gingivitis. The irritation and inflammation of gingivitis can eventually result in gum disease.

With an active gum disease, your swollen gums begin pulling away from your teeth, and pockets form that can fill with bacteria and eventually become infected. This infection is what contributes to the loss of teeth, gum tissue, and bone that makes up your jaw.

If the pain of infection doesn’t force you to seek treatment, your risk for life-threatening health issues increases. Infection in your gums can travel into your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body, including your heart.

Periodontal disease is treatable

Though it’s best to take a proactive approach to periodontal disease, you can receive treatment if you already have the condition.

The Midtown Dental Care team begins your care with medications to clear existing infections and ease discomfort and pain. They also offer in-office treatments to clean out infected gum pockets and remove tartar and plaque build-up on your teeth.

In extreme cases where gum disease has damaged bone in your jaw, you can receive a bone graft to regenerate new, healthy bone that supports your teeth and ensures a healthy mouth. The team also offers dental implants to replace lost teeth.

If you have chronic bad breath, don’t ignore it. Schedule an oral health evaluation at Midtown Dental Care today online or by phone.

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