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Could Your Bad Breath Be a Symptom, Not the Problem?

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Everyone has had the experience of bad breath in Leesburg, VA. Not only is it embarrassing, but it can be downright frustrating. In cases of bad breath caused by odiferous foods like garlic, onion and hot pepper, the offending aroma usually subsides after a few hours and lots of good oral hygiene. If bad breath originates from drainage due to a head cold, it should go away with the cold. However, some bad breath seems to last forever and be without a cause. That’s the type of bad breath you need to consider a symptom.


What is Chronic Bad Breath?

Chronic bad breath differs from regular bouts of bad breath in numerous ways:

·         It is always present from morning until night

·         It does not respond to tooth brushing, flossing or rinses

·         It has the fetid odor of decay

·         It is accompanied by changes in the gums, such as bleeding gums, receding gums, red gums and/or inflamed gums

·         It is highly noticeable every time you open your mouth to breathe or talk

Periodontists know that chronic bad breath, called halitosis, is a warning sign of periodontal disease, a common problem that can get serious without professional intervention.


The Bad Breath-Periodontal Disease Connection

How is bad breath linked to gum disease? Its association begins and ends with the bacteria in dental plaque that cause periodontal disease. These bacteria grow and reproduce in the periodontal pockets between the teeth and gums. They feed on hard and soft bone tissue, and release foul-smelling output. In patients with this condition, the bad breath smell is the result of bacteria and infected tissue, not of food or poor hygiene.

The only way to eradicate this type of bad breath is with professional periodontal care. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove bacteria and sanitize their breeding grounds. Only high-end periodontal tools and techniques have this ability.

Stop feeling worried about your bad breath in Leesburg, VA, and make a consultation with Dr. Kharmouche to get to the bottom of your issue. The faster you get a diagnosis, the faster you can feel comfortable socializing.

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