Bad Breath & Gum Disease

Bad Breath Treatment

Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes. Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth and gums.

However, strong foods like garlic and onions can add to the problem. Smoking is also one of the main causes of bad breath, along with certain illnesses such as nasal and stomach conditions.

Bits of food that get caught between the teeth and on the tongue will rot and can sometimes cause an unpleasant smell. So correct and regular brushing is very important to keep your breath smelling fresh.

The bacteria on our teeth and gums (plaque) also cause gum disease and dental decay. If you see your dentist regularly this will not only help prevent bad breath but will also let the dentist look for and treat these problems.

Gum Disease Treatments

Screening for gum disease forms an integral part of your routine examination.

What is gum disease?
Gum disease describes swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.

What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. This is when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen. Often the swollen gums bleed when they are brushed during cleaning.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease occurs when gingivitis goes untreated.  Periodontal disease is irreversible, but with a good oral hygiene routine can be maintained.  If gingivitis is untreated the bone attaching the teeth to the jaw is lost, making your teeth loose or wobbly.  If this is ignored, your teeth may fall out.

With regular and routine appointments to the dentist and hygienist, gum disease can be assessed and monitored  - so that you are treated accordingly.

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