February 8, 2016
Remember the time you were enjoying a day of carefree shopping at the Surreal Boutique on Church Street? Everything was perfect until you were checking out and the adorable clerk at the front counter hit you with her bad breath. It was all you could do to try not to cringe while you finished your transaction. What if this was you? Does your breath have even your most devoted family and friends running the other direction? A dentist in Wilmington, MA has the solution for you.
How Do I Know I Have Bad Breath?
Besides people backing away from you, another telltale sign of bad breath is when you experience a bad taste in your mouth. Bacteria and plaque build-up in your mouth, caused by left over food particles are the number one cause of bad breath, or halitosis. Eating foods like garlic and onions can also have a negative affect on your breath. Good oral hygiene and using an anti bacterial mouth rinse can help prevent bad breath. Did you know, however, that bad breath could also be a sign of other health concerns?
While bad breath can be an indicator of serious health conditions like bronchitis, chronic sinus infection, and diabetes; it’s also associated with periodontal, or gum disease. Gum disease affects many adults in the U.S., and a lot of patients don’t even know they have it because it progresses gradually and doesn’t typically cause pain at first. Some early signs of gum disease besides halitosis are red and swollen gums that bleed when you floss or brush. If left untreated, gum disease will eventually cause tooth and bone loss, so it’s very important to be proactive if you suspect that you may have it.
How Is Bad Breath Treated?
If you’re lucky enough to have someone tell you that you have bad breath, don’t be offended, but rather take heed! The dental team at Wilmington Family Dental has solutions for you. The first step is a professional cleaning and examination to determine if you have periodontal disease. There are different stages of gum disease, and the good news is that the early stage, called gingivitis, can be reversed with a thorough professional cleaning and improved home care.
If you’re experiencing the more advanced stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis, our hygienist will perform a deep cleaning, or scaling and root planning. This type of cleaning removes plaque and tartar build-up from below the gum line. Our hygiene team is gentle, highly skilled and well prepared to guide you through any stage of gum disease. Dr. Kevin Guze is a periodontist on our dental team, and he’ll be monitoring your progress throughout your recovery process. We’re here to support you, and our goal is to get you back on the road to optimum oral health.
It’s important to understand that gum disease won’t go away on it’s own, and if you’re diagnosed with it, please be proactive about treatment in order to prevent loss of gum tissue, teeth and jaw bone. Contact us right away if you suspect gum disease, Dr. Scott Hornung, Dr. David Hornung, Dr. Khristy Fontillas, Dr. John Miceli and Dr. Kevin Guze are here to help you!
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