If you’re not familiar with the signs of early periodontal (gum) disease, they include persistent bad breath, gums that bleed while brushing or flossing, gum tissue that has pulled away from teeth (receded gums) and gums that are tender and sore.
Gum disease begins when oral bacteria is not removed on a regular basis from the mouth. As it accumulates, it forms a sticky film that eventually hardens on teeth, called plaque. Once plaque forms, it can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist with special tools.
Plaque buildup will continue if not removed and attack tooth enamel and gum tissues. Eventually, this onslaught of bacterial mass will work its way down into tooth roots and the bone that supports them.
Although there are several causes of bad breath not related to gum disease, persistent bad breath is typically associated with it. This is a breath odor that exists even after brushing, chewing gum or swishing with mouth rinses.
If untreated, eventual tooth loss can occur and oral bacteria can create inflammation elsewhere in the body. The bacteria of gum disease had been associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and preterm babies.
If you know someone with this problem or feel you have persistent bad breath, early treatment will be the best way to save time and costs to restore your mouth to a healthy state. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange a free consultation as soon as possible.