Treating bad breath caused by periodontal disease

Periodontal diseasePatients with periodontal disease are not only dealing with a condition that negatively impacts the health of their smile—it can also contribute to the development of halitosis, or “bad breath.”

What is halitosis?

Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. It can be situational or chronic. Situational halitosis may be caused by periodic dry mouth or from eating certain foods known for causing breath odors such as onions and garlic. Chronic halitosis often has another underlying problem. In many situations, dentists will find that halitosis is caused by poor oral health habits and the development of periodontal disease.

How periodontal disease affects breath

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a condition that impacts one’s dental health and wellness. It is an infection caused by bacteria. When this bacteria is present, it can cause bad breath. This may be worsened by the consumption of certain foods, food particles stuck between teeth, certain prescription medications, and dry mouth. Periodontal disease is a completely avoidable condition that patients should get diagnosed if it develops. Periodontal disease can impact more than just one’s breath—it can cause the loss of gum tissue, bone, and even natural teeth. Our team of professionals at Taylor Street Dental will evaluate patients during their routine recall appointments and provide necessary treatments to control the infection and reduce the risk of developing halitosis.

What treatments are available for periodontal disease?

Taylor Street Dental is committed to providing patients with solutions to their oral health care needs, especially when gum disease has developed. Treatment for periodontal disease will vary from patient to patient based on the severity of the condition and how it has impacted the smile. Most patients will benefit from a thorough cleaning known as scaling and root planing, as well as the use of antibiotics to rid the mouth of infection.

Contact us today at Taylor Street Dental to educate yourself further on the diagnosis and treatment of bad breath

Drs. David Peck, Pablo Velastegui, and Mahmoud Homsi of Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA are pleased to accept new patients and families interested in obtaining quality dental care from a team of professionals with years of combined experience. Call (413) 781-7645 today and visit our facility at 41 Taylor Street, Fourth Floor.

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