The occasional bout of bad breath can be annoying and embarrassing. But halitosis may also be a sign of a serious underlying problem.
For example, did you know that bad breath can be a sign of gum disease? Here are some indications that your foul breath might merit a trip to the dental office.
Your Gums Are Looking Puffy or Redder Than Usual
Gum disease causes inflammation in the tissues around teeth. This means that there are likely some signs of swelling or redness in the gums. Add to these symptoms a decaying odor, and you may very well have an infection in your gingiva.
The Smell Never Goes Away
Bad breath is often due to lingering food odors or plaque bacteria. If the cause of your stench is that simple, then brushing your teeth should take care of it.
Halitosis caused by gum disease, however, won’t go away no matter how much mouthwash you swish around.
People Avoid Standing Near You When You Talk
We all naturally back away when blasted with a full-force wave of halitosis. But if most people who know you find excuses to keep their heads turned away whenever you start a conversation, that means your breath has a bad reputation. Folks are prepared to avoid it!
If your bad breath doesn’t just give off the occasional funky odor but consistently sends others running away, then that could be a sign of a chronic health issue like gum disease.
Don’t leave your gum health to chance – it’s closely linked to your overall health. See a dentist or periodontist right away for a periodontal evaluation and help conquering your halitosis.
Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
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