Chronic Bad Breath? It Could Be a Sign of Periodontal Disease

Have you noticed you have bad breath a lot of the time? Has it become an embarrassing issue that causes you to reach for gum or mints more often than you think you should? In many cases, bad breath has a direct cause, such as the things you eat or the way you brush your teeth. However, chronic bad breath could be a possible sign of periodontal disease.

Dr. Andrew Owyoung and the rest of us here at Soft Touch Dentistry in Sacramento, CA, are available to help you tackle your bad breath problem and to find out if it could be caused by a more serious issue.

How does periodontal disease lead to bad breath?

A strange kind of chemical reaction in the mouth that is the result of periodontal disease is actually the culprit behind many individuals’ chronic halitosis. The bacteria and pathogens that arise as a result of plaque building up on the teeth interact with peptides and proteins in your gingival fluid, which hydrolyzes the latter. This leads to the creation of sulfur compounds that result in the chronic bad smell.

What are the other signs of periodontal disease?

Bad breath isn’t the only sign of periodontal disease, and even if it is persistent, it could potentially be caused by other possible conditions as well, such as chronic dry mouth. Look for these other signs of gum disease in order to be more certain that this is indeed the issue.

In addition, some people also have a greater personal risk of developing periodontal diseases. These include individuals who:  

If you have any of these risk factors, or you notice some of the other signs of periodontal disease, it is time to seek help from someone like Dr. Owyoung who can definitively tell you if your chronic bad breath is the work of gum disease.

How can I be treated for periodontal disease?

If you do, in fact, have periodontal disease and it is the root cause of your halitosis, there are a number of different treatments available for this issue. Depending on the severity, some of the treatments don’t require surgery, and the issue can be resolved through a process of scaling and root planing. For those with more severe periodontal problems and side effects, however, treatment with a periodontist might be necessary.

Want to book an appointment to see Dr. Owyoung now?

Our office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. You can book an appointment by calling 916-581-2385. We’re happy to take your call and help you get to the bottom of your chronic bad breath issue once and for all. 

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