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Gum Disease and Bad Breath

Periodontal Treatment (Gum Care)

Buildup of plaque, genetics, and lifestyle choices can all contribute to the development of periodontal disease. Plaque buildup along and below the gumline can harbour dangerous bacteria, which can negatively affect the health of the gums and lead to gum disease.

Periodontal disease is diagnosed by evaluating x-rays and measuring the saccular depth around each tooth during oral exams. Maintaining a healthy gums is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. After a thorough oral exam, we will put together a periodontal treatment plan customized to meet your needs and improve gingival health.

Common signs of gum disease

Gum disease usually begins as gingivitis, which is troubled by redness, swelling, and inflammation of the gums. Some other symptoms of early gum disease include:

  • Tender gums
  • Gums that bleed following brushing and/or flossing
  • Loose teeth, or teeth that appear longer than normal
  • Receding gumline
  • Chronic halitosis (bad breath)

During the later stages of gum disease, patients may notice the gum line receding or teeth becoming loose. These shifting teeth can affect occlusion and lead to decreased bite strength. For further information about periodontal care, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our practice today.

Halitosis Treatment (Bad Breath Care)

Everyone occasionally experiences halitosis (bad breath). For example, morning breath is a common condition due to nocturnal salivation (saliva helps wash food and bacteria out of the mouth, keeping breath fresh). The main causes of bad breath include the breakdown of food particles in your mouth, bacteria buildup, mouth dryness and tooth decay. Halitosis can be treated by our dental professionals who will work with you to help identify the underlying cause and put together a treatment plan. We use scaling and root planing to remove the tartar below the gumline and to smoothen the roots. To prevent halitosis, it is recommended that patients keep up with routine check-ups and cleanings and maintain healthy oral hygiene habits at home.

Tips to maintain fresh breath:

  • Maintain good dental hygiene – brushing the teeth, gums and tongue at least twice per day and floss once per day
  • Using a tongue scraper, clean the surface of the tongue as much as possible
  • Increase water consumption
  • Visit your dentist at least twice per year for a professional cleaning and exam
  • Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugarless candy
  • Eat foods like raw carrots and celery

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have regarding halitosis or our treatment options.

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