Bad breath is the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. It's embarrassing for both the victim and the person that has it. In many cases, it's the garlic or onions you ate during lunch that causes bad breath, and an excellent antibacterial mouth rinse can help you get rid of it.
However, for some people, bad breath (halitosis) is chronic and doesn't go away no matter how they try to deal with it. In these cases, it's time to contact your Middletown dentist because you could be dealing with gum disease. Chronic bad breath is one of the early signs of an infection in your gums (gingivitis) that will eventually move to the bone that supports your teeth. Other symptoms of gingivitis may be red, irritated, or swollen gums. Or gums that bleed during brushing or flossing.
Your best defense against gum disease is your bi-annual visit to your dentist for cleanings and checkups. Dr. Karian will screen you for gum disease during every examination, and the good news is that you can often successfully manage gingivitis with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine. Contact Summit Dental today to schedule your appointment if you are dealing with bad breath or other signs of gum disease.