Have you ever noticed bad breath in yourself or others? Not just the typical garlic or onion breath after a fancy salad or delicious pasta meal, but truly bad breath that makes you step back when another person speaks? That smell, associated with periodontal disease, is actually caused by bacteria that collect in and around your gum line and on the tongue.
Bacteria reproduce quickly and they dispense an unpleasant odor during the reproductive process. Most often, periodontal disease comes from a lack of home care or from missing too many dental cleanings. As your body ages, it can be more difficult to keep periodontal disease at bay. Certain medications or a loss of dexterity, due to arthritis, can make keeping your teeth and gums clean even more of a challenge.
If you are looking for a Springfield, IL dentist who can help you stay on track with good oral hygiene so that you can enjoy better breath and the confidence that comes from a clean smile, contact us! We treat patients at all levels of periodontal disease and help them maintain a healthy smile.
By addressing periodontal disease quickly, you can actually protect your overall health. Gum disease can put your overall health at risk. Heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses have all been associated with periodontal disease.
We take a proactive approach to periodontal treatment. We offer various types of dental cleanings designed to eliminate the infection in your gums and allow your gums to heal. We clean the tartar and bacteria from your teeth, educate our patients on effective home care, and recommend various products that assist with healing your gums such as:
- Tongue scrapers
- Antibiotic rinses
- Or localized antibiotic treatment
By addressing the root cause of the problem, you can enjoy improved health and fresh breath!