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Is Gum Disease Causing Your Bad Breath? Elk Grove, CA
Bad Breath Treatment Elk Grove, CA

Is Gum Disease Causing Your Bad Breath?

Bad breath, or halitosis, can quickly steal your self-confidence and even jeopardize your success in business and relationships. Before you continue popping breath mints, you should know that persistent smelly breath needs a dentist’s attention. In fact, serious oral health conditions like gum disease can cause halitosis. In such cases, proper and prompt periodontal treatment is necessary to save your smile and freshen your breath.

In such cases, proper and prompt periodontal treatment is necessary to save your smile and freshen your breath.

How Does Gum Disease Contribute to Halitosis?

Both periodontal disease and bad breath are caused by excess bacteria in the mouth, which often first develops due to poor oral hygiene. When a collection of bacteria (or plaque) accumulates along the gum line, it hardens into tartar and irritates the gum tissue. If not addressed, the gums may pull away from the tooth roots and form deep pockets of gum tissue that harbor even more stinky bacteria. The tartar can also cause the bacteria to break down the tooth as well as the surrounding gums and bone. This destruction and infection gives off a foul odor that is not welcome inside your mouth. Not brushing and flossing on a regular basis is the most common reason for gum disease development and the bad breath that accompanies it.

Other Setbacks of Periodontal Disease

While bad breath is unwanted, it is a minor disruption compared to the other consequences of untreated gum disease. Beyond puffy and bleeding gums, you may also suffer from loose teeth or tooth loss. Untreated gum disease has also been associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature births!

Investigate Your Smelly Breath

If bad breath is causing you to shy away from close encounters, don’t ignore it. First, we recommend spending more time and energy into your dental care routine at home. This includes flossing daily and brushing for two minutes twice a day. Since gum disease occurs in stages, the quicker you detect it, the easier it is to reverse. Therefore, routine dental visits every six months become critical in the prevention of gum disease and bad breath.

Is it time to see a dentist about your chronic breath odor? Call Laguna West Dental today.

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

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As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

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We've been so very happy with Dr. You and his staff since we moved to Sacramento in 1985! We've followed him to the current location in Laguna...he and his staff take such good care of all our dental needs. I have no hesitation in recommending their services!

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In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

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Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!