Chronic Bad Breath? It Could Be a Sign of Periodontal Disease

Whether you just ate smelly foods or woke up to the dreaded morning breath, all of us sometimes suffer from bad breath. But if you’re regularly noticing your breath isn’t as fresh as you’d like, it could mean more than that you need to brush your teeth or pop a breath mint.

Also known as halitosis, persistent and chronic bad breath can be a sign that you have periodontal disease. Learn more about periodontal disease from Dr. Sheida Mohammadizadeh (Zadeh), DDS, the lead dentist at Orangecrest Family Dental, including symptoms and how to treat this condition.

Periodontal disease: It’s all about the gums

Taking care of your gums is just as important as keeping your teeth clean. Otherwise, you risk developing periodontal disease, an infection that strikes your gums.

In most cases, periodontal disease is caused by plaque building up in your gums, usually as a result of not keeping up with regular flossing, brushing, and dental cleanings. If it isn’t cleaned off, plaque buildup turns into tartar, a more serious buildup that you can only get rid of by getting a dental cleaning at Orangecrest Family Dental.

When it gets infected, tartar causes gingivitis, which inflames your gums and causes irritation where your teeth and gums meet. If that goes untreated, gingivitis worsens into periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease causes bacteria to go inside your gums in pockets that form in areas between your teeth and gum line. Untreated, periodontal disease can have serious consequences, including tooth loss, bone and tissue damage, and harm to your immune system.

Bad breath and other symptoms of periodontal disease

One of the most obvious symptoms of periodontal disease is halitosis. This is because tartar and bacterial buildup can cause your mouth to smell. If your breath continues to be unpleasant after attempting to reduce it through lifestyle changes for a few weeks, periodontal disease might be causing it.

Periodontal disease also has other symptoms. You might experience gums that are swollen, tender, and bleed while flossing or brushing, receding gums, and loose teeth.

If you find you have unpleasant breath you can’t get rid of, a bad taste in your mouth for most of the day, or other symptoms of periodontal disease, it’s time to visit Dr. Zadah to get your symptoms assessed.

How to treat periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is a serious condition, but it’s also treatable with dental care. Dr. Zadah offers treatment solutions for patients diagnosed with periodontal disease.

If your periodontal disease is in the early stages and hasn’t progressed beyond gingivitis, you’ll be able to treat it with regular dental cleanings. Make sure to come to Orangecrest Family Dental for all your scheduled professional cleanings, and continue to brush and floss carefully at home.

When you have full-blown periodontal disease and dental cleanings are no longer sufficient to treat it, Dr. Zadah can perform a scaling and root planing procedure. This treatment involves deeply cleaning the affected gum lines, which removes all necessary tartar and plaque.

If you suspect you have periodontal disease, getting treatment right away is the best way to restore your oral health. Orangecrest Family Dental is located in Riverside, California, and serves patients in greater Riverside County.

To schedule an appointment, book online, or call us during business hours.

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