Have you ever noticed a friend’s bad breath while talking with them? It’s possible that their bad breath wasn’t because they ate too much garlic at dinner the night before, but something a little more serious.
A condition called perio breathe is a problem with your gums that contributes to a bad odor in your mouth. How are gum disease and bad breath connected? What can you do to prevent both of these troubling oral issues?
The Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease generally stems from poor oral hygiene, which is noted by Cleveland Clinic. It’s found more frequently in adults over age 30 and tends to affect men more than women. Some of the symptoms to look for are listed below. We strongly suggest that you make an appointment with our office or your dental professional if you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms below. This will allow them to check your gum health for the following:
• Bleeding, swollen or tender gums
• Sensitive or loose teeth
• Receding gums or teeth that appear longer
• Pain when chewing or a misaligned bite
• Bad breath
In its early stages, known as gingivitis, the damage to your gums can be reversed. However, once you have developed the more serious form of gum disease known as Periodontitis, the breakdown of your gum tissue is irreversible.
What is the connection Between Periodontitis and Bad Breath?
Halitosis, known as bad breath is really caused by bacteria that live in the mouth. These bacteria break down the proteins and release a volatile sulfur compound (VSCs), which can have a really bad smell. Dental issues such as gum disease or infection can contribute to bad breath and make the issue worse.
A case study published in the Journal of Internation Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry stated that the majority of halitosis cases relate to gingivitis, periodontitis, or bacterial coating of the tongue. In fact, up to 80% of patients with some degree of gum disease also exhibited halitosis in the study.
What are some ways of preventing gum disease and perio issues?
Maintaining a consistent oral care routine will lower your risk of both gum disease and halitosis. Ensure that you follow these steps to keep your oral care in top shape.
• Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
• Floss once a day.
• See your dentist for regular checkups and ask about additional products to help control bacteria buildup in the mouth, such as mouth rinse.
Keeping good oral hygiene will help you feel more confident about not only your breath but also about the overall health and well being of your mouth.
If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health please do not hesitate to contact our office any time 561-799-5558