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Gum Disease and Bad Breath

gum disease and bad breathBad breath is an embarrassing but common problem. If it fails to respond to conservative treatments, it can become frustrating. If you have chronic bad breath or your bad breath does not go away after you brush, floss, or rinse, you may have gum disease.

Gum disease is a chronic oral infection that frequently causes bad breath. It is caused by an overgrowth of oral bacteria, which live in plaque and tartar. Poor dental hygiene is among the most common causes of gum disease, but you may also be susceptible to suffer from gum disease if you smoke or chew tobacco, use certain medications, are diabetic, are over 35, or have dry mouth.

Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, gums that look puffy or swollen, or gums that seem to be pulling away from teeth. Bad breath is a common symptom. It occurs as a result of the damage caused by gum disease. The gums begin to separate from the teeth, and this creates periodontal pockets. These pockets form the ideal breeding grounds for oral bacteria, which emit bad-smelling compounds.

Dealing with bad breath caused by gum disease will usually require a thorough dental cleaning and good dental hygiene. You may simply need a professional cleaning, or you may need a deeper cleaning called a scaling and root planing. After your treatment, you can maintain your results by brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. Eat a balanced diet, and avoid harmful habits, such as smoking or excessive drinking. Give us a call today to learn more about protecting your smile from gum disease or to schedule your appointment with our expert in gum disease treatment in Phoenix.

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