Bad Breath Caused by Gum Disease
Many things can cause bad breath, including food, smoking, sinus infections, and certain health problems. One of the primary causes of chronic bad breath is gum disease. Gum disease is a common problem that can easily go unnoticed until it has progressed significantly, but bad breath is one of its early warning signs.
Gingivitis and periodontitis are caused by oral bacteria infecting the gum tissue. Infected gum tissue becomes soft, swollen, and spongy, and tends to bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. As the condition progresses, pockets form between the teeth and gums. In these pockets, plaque and bacteria start to grow. Because the pockets are virtually impossible for you to clean at home, the bacteria continue to grow and proliferate. They excrete foul-smelling compounds that you might better recognize as bad breath.
To tackle this type of bad breath, you need professional help. A deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing will remove the bad-smelling debris from the periodontal pockets and create a clean, healthy environment that promotes healing. Regular periodontal maintenance will be needed to keep the pockets clean, and you might need to adjust your at-home dental hygiene routine to ensure your gums are their healthiest.
Early symptoms of gum disease include not just bad breath, but also gums that are swollen, puffy, inflamed, tender, or bleed easily. Call our periodontist today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.
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