Have you ever started a conversation with someone only to be knocked over by their horrible breath? Maybe you even took a few steps backward to avoid the rank odor emitted from their mouths? It is one of the most offensive surprises when talking to someone in close proximity.
Bad breath is not good and is almost always a symptom of some other, more serious, condition. Unfortunately, you might not know that you have bad breath until someone tells you. Telling you is usually the unhappy job of someone very close to you, but if they are not sure how to bring it up tactfully, you can count on us to address the issue with you at your regular exam.
Bad breath can destroy your personal or professional relationships. It is completely unpleasant to talk to someone with halitosis (bad breath). People may avoid you or at least avoid kissing you, putting a damper on your love life. Rinses and mints don’t treat the problem, they just do a pretty poor job or masking the odor.
While many reasons exist for having bad breath such as medications or certain medical conditions, more often than not, it is caused by periodontal (gum) disease. It an incredibly serious condition that can put your life at risk.
Periodontal disease has been linked to other serious medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. While research is still needed to identify the exact connection, it is known that periodontal disease is an infection that can have repercussions throughout the rest of your body.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Bleeding, swollen, or painful gums
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity at the gum line
- Plaque below the gum line
- Loose or missing teeth
At your regular exams, we will look for signs of periodontal disease and treat you accordingly. If we believe that you could benefit from certain treatments or a deeper cleaning, we will let you know and discuss your options.
To maintain great oral health between appointments, brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and be sure to brush your tongue, which also harbors bacteria. Call us to schedule your next appointment and we will get you on track to smelling fresh again. 404-644-0177