Chronic bad breath isn’t just caused by onions or garlic, it’s caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria in your gums, or in rare cases, by other conditions such as tonsil stones. The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. Halitosis is treatable once the reason for the halitosis has been uncovered. In this article, we’ll discuss how dentists approach the issue of bad breath.
Understanding Why Breath Goes Bad
The most common reasons for chronic bad breath are:
- Gingivitis and periodontitis (gum disease)
- Ketosis (brought on by the keto diet)
- Tonsil infection
- Lung infection
- Liver or kidney disease
- Gastrointestinal problems
Of these, gum disease is the type of problem that dentists are trained to deal with. However, if you suspect your halitosis is related to gum disease, you should check with your dentist first as that is the most probable cause.
Gum Disease and Bad Breath
One of the reasons why dentists recommend twice-daily brushing after meals and flossing regularly is to protect your gums from periodontitis and gingivitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease, which is inflammation of the gums caused by a hard sticky substance known as plaque.
Plaque is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. It is created when particulates of food get stuck between your teeth or in the area that attaches your teeth to your gums. The food rots in your mouth, collects bacteria, and then begins to stink.
However, producing an off-putting odor is not the total sum of the damage gum disease can do. Not only does it cause your gums to inflame and bleed, the bacteria in the plaque begin attacking the gums themselves. This causes the loss of gums in key areas.
Since your gums are responsible for holding your teeth in place, advanced periodontitis can result in tooth decay and eventually tooth loss and the gums begin to recede from the teeth. The infection can continue through the gums into your jawline where it begins attacking healthy bone.
Since your mouth is so close to two key organs in your body (your heart and your lungs), extremely advanced gum disease can actually raise your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Treatment for Gum Disease
Treatment for gum disease is uncomfortable but not as uncomfortable as losing all your teeth or having a serious medical event. Your dentist will remove the plaque and tartar that have built up in your gum line and then smooth the root of your teeth so that the plaque has fewer crevices in which to fester.
Contact Us About Bad Breath Treatment in Flagstaff, AZ
While it may not be as alluring as a weekend in the sun, treating gum disease early can prevent the infection from advancing to other organs of your body. It is not an elective procedure meant solely for the purpose of making you more attractive to potential mates. It’s a serious problem that can result in other serious problems. Call Peak Family Dental Care today to schedule an appointment and get rid of bad breath forever!