Bad breath is one of many possible gum disease symptoms. The risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease and bad breath is greatly reduced if you adhere to a daily brushing and flossing routine. You may need to work with a qualified dental professional for bad breath and other gum disease symptoms. Dr. Dan Gholson, an experienced periodontist, offers periodontal treatment in Onalaska, WI and the greater La Crosse area. While bad breath can be a symptom of poor dental hygiene, it can also be a sign of other health problems.
In the medical field, bad breath is called halitosis. Eating foods with very strong odors, such as garlic, onions, cheese, fish, and spicy foods contribute to bad breath. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash after eating these foods can mask the odor temporarily. However, your bad breath will return until the foods have passed through your body.
Daily habits and lifestyle choices also could be a contributing factor to bad breath. Smoking or other tobacco products can cause bad breath. In addition to bad breath, smoking and chewing tobacco products will also affect your taste buds and cause gum irritation. Ideally, bad breath treatment includes staying away from tobacco products altogether.
Some other causes of bad breath include yeast infections of the mouth, cavities, poorly fitting dental appliances, dry mouth, or illnesses such as chronic sinus infections, respiratory tract infections, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.
Periodontal disease can cause noticeable bad breath as it advances. Oral bacteria produce sulfur compounds which produce malodor. Excessive plaque and bacterial buildup can create pockets between the gums and teeth, leaving an ideal place for bacteria to grow. If not treated, periodontal disease can cause gum recession, bone deterioration, and tooth loss.
Bad breath treatment includes brushing and flossing regularly, using a tongue scraper and an antibacterial mouth rinse. It is important to see Dr. Gholson regularly for cleanings and make sure that you address gum disease symptoms as early as possible.
If you are experiencing gum disease symptoms, set up a consultation with Dr. Gholson for periodontal treatment in Onalaska, WI. Dr. Gholson will create a treatment plan to address bad breath and other gum disease symptoms that you may have.