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Bad breath is a common oral hygiene problem with many different causes. However, persistent bad breath is typically caused by the accumulation of foul smelling bacteria that coats your teeth, gums, and tongue. Bad breath or having a bad taste in your mouth is also one of the warning signs of periodontitis, disease that damages the structure of your gums and the bone that supports your teeth.
If, for any reason, the cause of your bad breath is not tooth-related, your periodontist will refer you to the appropriate medical professional.
Bad breath can be easily prevented with a combination of good oral hygiene and professional care. Here are just some of the ways that can help:
There are many reasons why your gums may be bleeding such as aggressive brushing, a new flossing routine, or taking certain medications. However, one of the most common reasons for bleeding gums is gum disease. In particular, it can be a sign of gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease which can develop into more progressive stages of periodontitis.
While practicing good oral hygiene is always recommended, the only way to find out what is causing your gums to bleed is to see a Periodontist.
When you lose a tooth to gum disease, dental implants can make your mouth look and feel as good as new. A dental implant is an artificial root that replaces the root of your natural tooth. Its purpose is to hold the replacement tooth firmly in place, giving it full functionality. Once it’s safely inserted into the jawbone, dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth.
Dental implants generally have a high success rate of up to 98%. With proper care and regular visits to your periodontist and dental professional, they can even last a lifetime.
Almost every oral health problem can be prevented with good oral hygiene. With the proper oral habits and the right professional care, your gums and teeth can look great for a lifetime of smiles.
Here are some basic steps you can do to keep your gums and teeth as healthy as can be:
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes irritation, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. With good oral hygiene, gingivitis is always reversible. But if left uncontrolled, it can progress into periodontitis, which eats away at the bone and connective tissue that hold your teeth in place.
There are a host of symptoms associated with gingivitis including:
Missing teeth are commonly caused by the advanced stages of gum disease. It’s when chronic bacteria destroys the structures around your teeth, including the periodontal ligament, and the supporting bone. If damaged badly enough, it can even destroy the integrity of your tooth, which may have to be extracted by a trained professional.
Losing teeth to gum disease doesn’t only affect your smile, it also has a major impact on the function and shape of your mouth. The loss of one more tooth can have the following long-term effects:
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a destructive infection that damages the structure of your gums and the bone that supports your teeth. If left untreated, it can damage your gums and teeth. It is also associated with heart and respiratory health problems.
Gum disease is often associated with a host of other systemic illnesses including diabetes, COPD and pneumonia. The quicker a periodontist can detect it, the quicker they can: (a) refer patients to their physicians and (b) provide an oral treatment that can help or improve certain systemic conditions.
Some of the symptoms associated with periodontitis include:
Gums can recede for a myriad of reasons ranging from brushing too aggressively, grinding your teeth, and even your genetics. However, it’s also a symptom of a much larger oral health problem. Gum disease. And for that reason, it should never be overlooked.
Keeping your gums healthy is an important part of your overall health. Not only do they keep your teeth secure, but they act as an important barrier from harmful bacteria.
To help prevent your gums from further recession you should:
Swollen gums are commonly caused by bacterial inflammation of the gum lining. Once inflamed, your gums can then become red, sensitive, and prone to bleeding. More importantly, swollen gums are often an early indicator of gingivitis, a reversible condition that can progress into more dangerous forms of gum disease.
Swollen gums can also be the result of a gum abscess, which can lead to rapid tooth loss. If your gums are swollen and painful, consult a periodontist today.
While swollen gums is a symptom of a much larger issue, it is a condition that is fully reversible. Following these steps can help you reduce the discomfort experienced by swollen gums considerably: