Chronic bad breath is often one of the first signs of periodontal disease, unfortunately.
Tartar and the pockets that develop around your teeth are the perfect home for bacteria, and just like in other parts of your body, bacteria tend to emit odor. If brushing your teeth and using mouthwash isn't eliminating your bad breath, it's time to schedule an appointment for a cleaning. Our hygienists are trained to notice the warning signs of periodontal disease, and we'll work together to create a treatment plan that addresses your needs and stops the progress of gum disease in its tracks.
If your gum disease is still in the early stages, improved home care habits and a professional cleaning might be all it takes to set you back on track. If your disease has progressed further, however, we may need to consider deeper cleaning treatments to remove tartar from beneath the gumline and help the pockets between your gums and teeth heal. This deeper cleaning, known as scaling and root planing, removes built-up tartar and bacteria from beneath the gumline. Once this irritation is gone, your gums will fit tighter around your teeth, making it harder for bacteria to return. We may also recommend a local antibiotic to help kill off remaining bacteria.