Chronic Bad Breath? It Could Be a Sign of Periodontal Disease

If you have bad breath that won't go away no matter how much you brush, use mouthwash, or take breath mints, you might have periodontal disease. Chronic or persistent bad breath is one of the indicators dentists look for in diagnosing gum disease, in addition to a persistent bad taste in your mouth not caused by food. 

At McAllen Dental, our care team is ready to help our patients in the McAllen, Texas, area manage periodontal disease. Once your gums are healthy again, your bad breath problems may clear up without any more effort on your part, saving you time, money, hassle, and embarrassment.

Getting the right diagnosis

Trying to treat periodontal problems with mouthwash is a losing battle. Once we have the right diagnosis, we can find treatments that can actually help with your bad breath problems. At McAllen Dental, we have the expertise you can trust to correctly identify the root cause of your oral issues and guide you through the treatment process.

Also known as periodontitis and gum disease, periodontal disease is caused by the buildup of plaque and harmful bacteria in your mouth, leading to bad breath, among other symptoms. Periodontal disease can cause inflammation of your oral soft tissues and in its advanced stages, can even begin to damage your jawbone. 

If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious complications. If detected and treated, the condition is typically curable.

Targeted treatments for improved oral health

At McAllen Dental, we offer a range of treatments to target periodontal disease. After a complete exam, we might determine that you need a thorough scaling and root planing treatment to remove bacteria and built-up tartar, a graft to regenerate your bone and gum tissues, dental implants, or surgery.

After initial treatment, you must maintain good oral hygiene to prevent a return of periodontal issues. Brush at least twice a day, focusing on hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, and floss daily. Keeping your scheduled dental cleaning appointments also helps keep your mouth clean and free from unpleasant odors. We typically recommend four periodontal cleanings a year for our patients.

If you're frustrated by chronic bad breath or worried about your gum health, schedule an initial consultation with a member of our care team at McAllen Dental. With more than 30 years of experience, we can correctly diagnose and treat your oral and dental health issues. To make your appointment, call our office today, or use the online booking tool.

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