If you have been told you have bad breath, it may be more than a matter of social acceptance—it could be a symptom of untreated gum disease that can threaten your teeth. At Ascent Dental, we have experience helping people get relief from bad breath and other symptoms of gum disease to ensure you keep your teeth.
Bad breath is generally the result of bacterial action in your mouth. There are two types of bacteria: aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic bacteria use oxygen to process food. Anaerobic bacteria use other chemicals, such as sulfur, to process food. The side effect of anaerobic processes is very stinky compounds that are responsible for the most pungent types of bad breath. When you have gum disease or poor oral health, there are many different environments where anaerobic bacteria can flourish, and when they do you can smell it.
During your appointment, we will evaluate your oral health to determine the cause of your bad breath. We will then perform periodontal treatment or recommend changes to your routine dental hygiene that will generally ensure the demise of anaerobic bacteria and the return of your sweet-smelling breath.
To talk to Cherry Creek general dentist Dr. Jeff Johnston, please schedule a consultation at Ascent Dental today.