Is Your Bad Breath Due to Gingivitis?

Is Your Bad Breath Due to Gingivitis?

There are few things more embarrassing than halitosis, or bad breath. The mere thought of it can leave you frozen at a social event, shying away from a close conversation and wondering if there’s something people just aren’t telling you. 

Did you know that bad breath is caused by more than just too much garlic or skipping brushing your teeth on a rare morning? It’s likely linked to your oral health, specifically a problem with caring for your teeth that leads to gum disease. 

The Popper Dental team is proficient with not only performing the most advanced procedures, but at advising you about caring for your oral health. A healthy mouth is one that’s tended to well, each and every day. 

At their practice in New York City, Dr. Jason Popper, Dr. Marlisa Popper, and Dr. Howard Popper are dedicated to eradicating your bad breath if you suffer from it. 

What is gingivitis exactly?

To put it simply, gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease. When your gum tissue is impacted by a bacterial infection, gingivitis is the result. The root of that bacterial infection though, is often subpar oral hygiene habits.

Not brushing and flossing enough leads to plaque buildup on your teeth. Plaque is the harmful result of the debris from sweet or starchy foods you ate combined with bacteria that are already in your mouth. It can even have a fuzzy feeling if you run your tongue over your teeth.

If you remove plaque daily, it can’t turn into tartar, which is hardened plaque that’s damaging to your teeth and that only your dentist has the ability to remove. 

The worse gingivitis gets, the more damage it does. It can cause your gums to separate from your teeth, which creates sizable pockets of bacteria. 

These bacteria are the primary culprits when it comes to bad breath. 

Gingivitis causes bad breath and more 

Bad breath is just one of the symptoms that points to gum disease. In addition, you may experience:

Ideally, your gums should be a healthy pink and hug your teeth tightly. 

Is gingivitis reversible?

Fortunately, yes. If you receive a diagnosis of gingivitis, you want to do all in your power to halt its progression. Later stage gum disease, called periodontitis, contributes to serious oral health problems, like loose teeth. 

Advanced gum disease is also linked to serious health problems, including diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. 

The most effective treatment for gingivitis is a type of deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. 

Scaling involves your dentist stripping your teeth of the damaging plaque and tartar accumulated over time. They don’t only clean the surface of your teeth, they go beneath your gum line. 

After that step is completed, your dentist evens out your tooth surfaces. This smoother finish repels plaque and tartar, whereas a more textured tooth attracts these harmful substances. 

After your gums heal post-treatment, you play a primary role in preventing the gingivitis from recurring — and keeping your breath fresh:

The key to controlling bacteria buildup in your mouth is consistent, thorough home care. By adhering to these practices, you won’t have to worry about bad breath again. 

Contact our conveniently located office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to schedule an appointment for a gingivitis evaluation, or book one online

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