Is bad breath something you have to live with every day? It could be caused by gum disease! In addition to bad breath, periodontal disease also causes:
When you have uncontrolled gum disease, you can’t control it with things like brushing, flossing, or mouth rinses. In fact, some times of mouth rinses might even make your bad breath worse. The true cause of your halitosis is hiding deep under your gums – from odor causing bacteria that is destroying your healthy tissue attachment and bone levels. The only way to stop bad breath from happening is to eliminate the infection that is causing it!
Periodontal therapy is a non-surgical approach to cleaning your teeth where the disease is most active – along the root surfaces and under the gum pockets along your affected teeth. During the procedure these areas will be carefully scaled to remove calcified bacteria that cause the bad breath as well as the disease. Sometimes these cleanings may require anesthesia to keep you comfortable so that more severe areas can be treated.
After your deep cleaning, it’s important to have a dedicated oral hygiene plan that cleans below the gums. If you don’t like flossing, then a water flosser is just as (if not more) effective. Cleaning these areas daily will prevent more bacteria from building up, and allow your infection to heal. Over a period of a couple of weeks, you’ll also begin to notice your breath improving!
Don’t try to cover up bad breath with mints or rinses – ask your doctor what’s really causing it, and eliminate odor where it starts.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care
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