Link between Bad Breath and Periodontal DiseaseAlmost all patients are going to have a run in with bad breath at some point in their life. While the majority of halitosis can be prevented by great oral hygiene habits and remaining aware of the types of food that one eats, chronic bad breath may be a side effect of a serious oral health conditions, such as gum disease. This is why our Los Angeles dentist believes that everyone should remain aware of what abnormalities to look for that could be a precursor to serious oral health issues.

One of the most common reasons for bad breath comes down to the foods that we eat. This may include certain vegetables such as garlic and onions. Once consumed, these foods are broken down and the odor will linger until these molecules have completely passed through the body. Solutions such as mouth wash and gum may only mask the smell temporarily.

If an individual finds themselves with chronic halitosis, they should seek out periodontal treatment immediately. These odors may be caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth that could be a byproduct from pockets of tartar and plaque. If left untreated, patients may find themselves developing the latest stage of gum disease known as periodontitis. This could result in permanent damage to the teeth and gums.

The key to preventing these serious medical conditions is great oral hygiene habits and regular trips to our dental offices. During your visit, we can examine your mouth as well as thoroughly clean plaque and tartar that brushing and flossing cannot reach.

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