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From Hygiene To Health: What Bad Breath Can Tell You [BLOG]

  • May 17, 2018

Have you had a problem keeping your stinky breath under control lately?

You try gum, mints, and mouthwash to mask the smell, but nothing seems to work.

This is obviously going to create potential hazards for your social and romantic life.

But it could also be something more.

At the LANAP & Implant Center, we do all we can to give you the tools to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Today, we’re filling you in on some of the ways you can develop bad breath and how it could be trying to tell you that gum disease is forming inside your mouth.

If your bad breath is chronic and unmanageable by typical breath fresheners and better oral hygiene, Dr. DiGiallorenzo and our team can help you figure out if gum disease is behind it so we can treat it right away!

What Bad Breath Can Tell You

Bad breath can be a sign that there’s a bigger problem going on inside your mouth that threaten your teeth and gums.

Yes, it’s embarrassing, but it can also be the symptom of something more serious.

Here are some of the things bad breath can tell you:

*You’re Dehydrated*

When you don’t get enough water, your saliva production grinds to a halt, resulting in dry mouth.

Saliva contains bacteria-fighting compounds your mouth relies on for protection against dental problems, bad breath being one of them.

Without enough saliva flowing inside your mouth, you’re not able to coat your teeth in a protective layer or allow your body to naturally wash away sugar and food particles left behind from food and drinks.

*Your Breath Fresheners Are Full Of Sugar*

If you’re trying to freshen your breath, you could be simply making it worse with the kind of product you use.

Gum and mints containing sugar will only add to your problem because sugar is the preferred energy source for bacteria, which will increase the likelihood that your breath will smell bad.

Sugarless chewing gum and breath mints are a much better option!

*You’re Not Brushing Your Tongue*

If you’re brushing just your teeth, you could be contributing to your bad breath without realizing it. That’s because as you brush your teeth, you should do a few passes over your tongue with your toothbrush.

This removes invisible bacteria that have tried to set up residence on your tongue and stick up the place!

So make sure to scrub your tongue everyday to see if that helps lessen the bad smell.

*You’re Not Flossing*

Just like brushing your teeth, flossing is a necessary part of your daily oral hygiene. Yet so many adults admit they don’t do it everyday.

Chronically bad breath could be caused by all the food particles stuck between your teeth that are left there to no only feed harmful bacteria (which can lead to gum disease!), but leave behind a foul odor if not removed.

*You Have Gum Disease*

This is why bad breath that doesn’t go away no matter what you do to mask it should not be ignored.

Persistent bad breath that doesn’t seem to be remedied with typical breath freshening measures could be a sign that you have gum disease.

It’s one of the most common symptoms, and that’s important because too often, people assume that their stinky breath is nothing more than an embarrassing problem that affects their social or romantic life.

In reality, it could be having a profoundly negative impact on your oral health if it’s being caused by swollen, infected gums.

Gum Disease Treatment Can Help

We rely on innovative strategies and modern technology to treat gum disease without having to use cutting or stitching. Instead, we perform non-surgical treatment with the help of dental lasers, which painlessly eradicates bacterial infection inside your mouth.

You’re able to relax in the dental chair while the laser clears the toxicity from your gums and promotes healthy rebuilding of gum tissue.

We’ll also go over your holistic options for supplemental dental care that will encourage your body’s natural healing process and promote longer-lasting oral health.

Once your gums have been treated, you’re less likely to struggle with embarrassing bad breath that periodontal disease often causes.

Make An Appointment

When you can’t seem to freshen your breath with chewing gum, mints, or mouthwash, it could be a sign that there’s a dangerous problem developing inside your mouth.

You can find out what’s going on with an appointment at the LANAP & Implant Center.

We can determine if you’re being affected by periodontal disease and provide treatment that won’t require painful surgery.

Our advanced non-surgical gum disease treatment uses a laser to remove infection quickly and comfortably, all without cutting, stitching, or bleeding.

Call the LANAP & Implant Center today at 610-228-4366 for our Collegeville, PA office or 570-505-6908 for our South Williamsport location. You can also fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.