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

Also known as halitosis, bad breath can bring a range of challenges, from the bothersome smell to embarrassment or even anxiety. If you have symptoms now and then after, say, eating particular foods, you’re probably not experiencing a health issue. However, if they linger on chronically, they may reflect a condition, such as the infection called periodontal, or gum, disease.

For bad breath unrelated to dietary factors, consider an appointment with the experienced staff of Advance Dental Care Austin. Keep reading to learn more about bad breath and the potential gum disease link.

Bad breath 101

Bad breath often stems from compounds in certain foods, like garlic and onions, which produce odor. In those cases, the smell goes away once your body has processed those compounds. And, of course, breath mints, gum, and brushing your teeth can help, too.

Foul breath becomes a possible warning sign of a medical condition in need of treatment when it occurs and lingers, regardless of what foods you eat. These conditions include:

Gum disease symptoms

Periodontal disease is widespread, affecting over 47% of adults age 30 and older, according to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It happens when harmful bacteria stay stuck in your mouth, leading to the buildup of plaque. Plaque is challenging to get rid of through usual home care. It also attracts more bacteria, which is when a gum infection can sprout. Gum disease starts as a milder form known as gingivitis and can lead to the severe type, periodontitis if it goes untreated.

Bad breath can happen at every stage of periodontal disease. Other symptoms may include:

What to do about chronic bad breath

Once you notice chronic bad breath, your dentist can help determine the root cause by way of an exam and any needed tests, such as X-rays. If it turns out that you have periodontal disease, treatment may include deep cleaning, scaling, and root planing treatments to do away with plaque buildup. Severe cases may require dental implants or surgery. Positive dental hygiene and routine dental cleanings can help guard against future problems with bad breath while keeping your dental health positive.

To find out if your bad breath relates to a dental issue, call Cityview Dental Arts or schedule an appointment with  Dr. Jaya Hiremath through our website.

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