People who have gum disease symptoms often complain about having bad breath, or halitosis. While bad breath is one of the many gum disease symptoms that Dr. James Matia treats every day, it can also be a symptom of something else.
Flossing and brushing at least twice a day, using a tongue scraper, and visiting Dr. Matia regularly for exams and cleanings will help to prevent bad breath. Otherwise, offensive smelling bacteria can get trapped between the teeth and gums and on the tongue, which can lead to gum disease.
If you do have persistent bad breath, gum disease may be to blame. A buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth can release toxins, infect gum tissues, and cause an unpleasant odor in the mouth. Laser gum surgery in the Wooster, OH area with Dr. Matia can address this condition. If left untreated, gum disease symptoms can become worse and lead to tooth and bone loss.
Other bad breath culprits
Strong foods, such as cheese, garlic, onions, and spices are also common causes of temporary bad breath. Mints, gums, mouthwash, brushing, and flossing can help to mask the odor to some degree, but it will not go away completely until the food has fully metabolized.
Smoking and chewing tobacco also causes a foul breath smell and is unhealthy for the rest of the body. Tobacco products can irritate the gums and prevent the taste buds from functioning as well as they should.
Dry mouth, yeast infections in the mouth, cavities, diabetes, digestive disorders such as acid reflux, respiratory infections, liver and kidney disease, and sinus problems can also make the breath smell bad.
To combat bad breath, take care of your teeth and gums with good oral hygiene and dental checkups. Do not smoke, drink plenty of water, and consider monitoring what you are eating each day to determine if food is to blame. A visit with your physician may also be helpful.
Remember, gum disease symptoms should never be ignored, including bad breath. If you have bad breath, a visit with Dr. Matia can determine if you are experiencing gum disease symptoms. If so, gentle laser gum surgery in the Wooster, OH region can help to treat this condition. Call us today for your consultation.