When you fail to keep up with your daily brushing and flossing regimen, you may be at risk for developing oral health problems including gum disease and bad breath. Persistent bad breath may be an indication of gum disease, and many patients dealing with gum disease symptoms wonder, “Do I need gum disease treatment?” and, “What are my options?” If this sounds like you, set up a consultation with Dr. Frederick Olden as soon as possible.
Do I Need Gum Disease Treatment if I Have Bad Breath?
Many people who have bad breath that does not seem to go away wonder, “Do I need gum disease treatment?” It is important to remember that bad breath is not always a side effect of gum disease. Some of the causes of bad breath might include:
Food - Eating certain foods that have very strong odors, such as onions, cheese, fish, and spicy foods, can cause bad breath. While brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash after eating these foods can mask the odor temporarily, your bad breath symptoms will not go away completely until the food has passed through your body.
Poor Oral Hygiene - Excessive bacterial growth between the teeth, around the gum tissue, and on top of the tongue can also cause bad breath. You should keep up with your brushing and flossing regimen, and also use a tongue scraper to keep your tongue clean. Using an antibacterial mouthwash on a regular basis can also reduce bacteria in the mouth.
Gum Disease - Persistent bad breath is one of the symptoms of gum disease, otherwise known as periodontal disease. The bacteria can create toxins in the mouth which will start to irritate the gums before breaking down the gum tissue and jaw bone. You may have very noticeable bad breath when there is a living infection in your mouth.
Other causes of bad breath include yeast infections of the mouth, dental caries, dry mouth, certain types of illnesses, and poorly fitting dental appliances.
If you are self-conscious about bad breath, talk with Dr. Olden, our periodontist in Rockwall, TX about bad breath treatment options. You may be wondering, “Do I need gum disease treatment?” Dr. Olden can answer this and any other questions that you may have about your oral health.