Suffering from chronic bad breath in Chestermere?
Have you been struggling with chronic bad breath? While many people have occasional problems with smelly breath after eating foods like anchovies, garlic and other familiar culprits, when bad breath becomes an everyday issue that brushing and flossing don’t seem to get rid of, gum disease may be the root cause. How can you know for sure, and what should you do about it? Here’s what you need to know to protect your gum health.
What causes gum disease?
Gingivitis, or gum disease, is caused by the build-up of plaque and bacteria beneath the gum line. This may be due to certain genetic susceptibilities, improper oral hygiene or simply teeth that are crooked or difficult to clean. Whatever the cause, if plaque and bacteria are not properly removed on a regular basis, they can lead to an infection in the gums. No matter how much you rinse with mouthwash, this infection will not go away without gum disease treatment from a dental professional.
How can gum disease cause chronic bad breath?
When a gum infection is allowed to continue without proper diagnosis and treatment, it will eventually advance to a more serious and difficult-to-treat gum infection known as periodontal disease. When it reaches this stage, more severe symptoms begin to appear. At this point, you may notice your gums are bright red instead of a healthy pink.
Additionally, your gums may begin to recede from your teeth, making them appear longer. Pus-filled pockets that form in the inflamed spaces between your teeth are also quite common in periodontal disease, and can be the cause behind the chronic bad breath and foul taste in your mouth.
Can gum disease be treated?
Gingivitis and periodontal disease are both very treatable. As with any infection, however, treatment is easier and less expensive when you seek it earlier. Signs and symptoms of gum disease include:
- Swollen,tender gums
- Bleeding, bright red gums
- Mouth sores between teeth
- Loose teeth
What can you do?
If suspect gum disease is behind your chronic bad breath, or if you would simply like to learn more about how to protect your oral health, please contact Chestermere dentist, Dr Lowry. He and his staff will to their best to provide the care you need to get you back to enjoying fresher breath and excellent oral health.