If you feel embarrassed about bad breath, or halitosis, please come see us. Dr. Glenn J. Shefter and Dr. Greg S. Fertik in Asheville, NC can help. In many cases, periodontitis is the culprit and we have a variety of treatments that can address it.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection between the gums and teeth that can create foul odors in the mouth. Without treatment, periodontitis can get worse, causing tooth loss, bone loss, and other serious health problems.
If you have chronic bad breath, we can determine if periodontal disease is the cause. It may be that other factors are causing the problem.
Other reasons for bad breath
Food is a classic cause of bad breath, particularly strong, pungent foods like onions, garlic, cheese, fish, and spices. These foods tend to stay on the breath until the body metabolizes them, making mints, gum, and other breath freshening tricks minimally effective. If you eat these foods regularly, this might be causing your breath to smell.
Cigarette smoking and tobacco chewing will make your breath smell bad. It can disrupt taste bud functioning, is damaging to the soft tissues in the mouth, and poses serious risk to overall health.
Other bad breath culprits include dry mouth, yeast infections in the mouth, tooth decay, digestive disorders, acid reflux, sinus problems, and kidney and liver disease.
Stopping Bad Breath and Periodontal Disease Symptoms
If you have bad breath caused by periodontal disease, the only way to stop it is to have treatment. Other ways to curb bad breath are to practice excellent oral hygiene. Brush your teeth after meals, floss daily, and maintain regular dental cleanings and exams. A tongue scraper can also control bacteria from getting trapped on the tongue.
Do not smoke or chew tobacco, drink plenty of fresh water to keep your mouth hydrated, and keep track of the foods you are eating each day to determine if diet is playing a role. It is also a good idea to visit your physician to see if health problems are causing chronic bad breath.
Periodontal disease is treatable
. If you have bad breath, call Dr. Shefter and Dr. Fertik in Asheville, NC today for your friendly, personalized consultation.