Halitosis (bad breath)
Halitosis (bad breath) is also a result of gum disease. Food can become trapped in between teeth or form pockets in the gums around the teeth. This causes discomfort, sensitivity, gingivitis and eventually bone loss as calculus forms under the gums around the teeth. The good news is that it’s easily reversed in the early stages, and can be halted or greatly slowed down with professional dental intervention.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis is unfortunately very common. After the beginning stage of red, swollen and inflamed gums has progressed, gums begin to recede, and pockets around the teeth begin to form. Over time, the bone recedes more and more as bacteria and calculus (also known as tartar) continue to build up. The tooth may begin to loosen. This is bone loss, and even a tooth that has never encountered any decay can be lost when there is no more bone holding it in place.
Good oral hygiene such as brushing the teeth and tongue at least twice a day, flossing and using an antibacterial mouthwash daily are important ways to combat halitosis.
Symptoms can include:
• White coating on the tongue
• Dry mouth
• Plaque build up
• Constant sour, bitter metallic taste
• Excessive mucous
• Post-nasal drip
• Morning bad breath and a burning tongue
• Thick saliva and a need to constantly clear your throat
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