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

We all have bad breath once in a while. Especially after eating something that’s known to cause it. If bad breath, also called halitosis, is persistent and doesn’t go away with good oral hygiene, it may be from gum disease.

Chronic bad breath can be an early warning sign of periodontal disease, a gum disease that can damage your gum tissue and, if not treated, cause tooth loss.

Bad breath can be an early warning sign of gum disease

Bad breath can occur from eating smelly foods or poor dental hygiene. Conditions like periodontal disease cause halitosis as well because of bacterial growth.

Periodontal disease causes an infection around your tooth

Periodontal disease is a late stage of gum disease that can break down your teeth’s supporting bones and connective tissue. It occurs when dental plaque that contains bacteria forms on your teeth and moves to your gums. 

As the bacteria multiply, gum inflammation occurs and causes gingivitis. Although gingivitis doesn’t cause any severe or permanent damage, it can progress to periodontal disease without treatment.

Bacterial growth forces an immune system reaction

Untreated gingivitis can form pockets in between your teeth. The pockets can fill up with bacteria and get infected.

In order to fight the bacterial infection, your immune system releases enzymes. These enzymes release a toxin as they’re fighting off the infection, and it destroys gum tissue and bone. 

When the bones and tissue around your teeth break down, they lose their anchor. This can end in permanent tooth loss.

Symptoms of periodontal disease

It’s common for periodontal disease to go unnoticed; the symptoms can be quite mild and give no warning signs. Common symptoms include:

Some symptoms, like pocket depth, can only be noticed during an exam at Advanced Dental Care. So it’s important to look for other signs, like bleeding or irritation in your gums.

Early treatment can prevent tooth loss

Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Though dietary and lifestyle choices play a role in its development, your family history can increase your risk. 

Visiting Advanced Dental Care for regular checkups can help us catch periodontal disease early. Early intervention helps us develop a better treatment plan for you and prevent permanent damage.

To learn more about our treatment methods for periodontal disease, schedule an appointment at our office in Austin, Texas, using our online booking tool.

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