Bad breath might be a symptom of some other disorder, but it most likely stems from dental decay, periodontitis or an overgrowth of bacteria on your tongue. It’s more than just socially unacceptable – it’s a serious threat to your oral health.
Periodontitis is a disease affecting the gums and bone that support the teeth, and can be caused by inadequate brushing and flossing. In this oral disease, the irritated gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets between the teeth and the gums. These pockets are filled with bacteria that give off a foul odour. At the Yonge Eglinton Centre dental clinic the hygienists routinely check for pockets during your recare maintenance visit. The recorded pocket depth along with other clues are reviewed and addressed at each recare visit.
If gum disease and/or dental decay is diagnosed, it can be treated readily. The patient will no longer have an infection in his or her mouth, and will no longer have the embarrassment of bad breath.
There’s no need to live with bad breath and no reason to neglect your dental health. If you have questions regarding halitosis, please call our office or email us today.
By Dr Perelgut