Do you find our website to be helpful?
Yes   No

Chronic Bad Breath? It Could Be a Sign of Periodontal Disease

If you have bad breath that won't go away no matter how much you brush, use mouthwash, or take breath mints, you might have periodontal disease. Chronic or persistent bad breath is one of the indicators dentists look for in diagnosing gum disease, in addition to a persistent bad taste in your mouth not caused by food. 

At Temecula Ridge Dentistry in Temecula, California, Therese Murphy, DDS, and her team are ready to help patients in manage periodontal disease. Once your gums are healthy again, your bad breath problems may clear up without any more effort on your part, saving you time, money, hassle, and embarrassment.

Getting the right diagnosis

Trying to treat periodontal problems with mouthwash is a losing battle. Once we have the right diagnosis, we can find treatments that can actually help with your bad breath problems. At Temecula Ridge Dentistry, Dr. Murphy has the expertise you can trust to correctly identify the root cause of your oral issues and guide you through the treatment process.

Also known as periodontitis and gum disease, periodontal disease is caused by the buildup of plaque and harmful bacteria in your mouth, leading to bad breath, among other symptoms. Periodontal disease can cause inflammation of your oral soft tissues and in its advanced stages, can even begin to damage your jawbone. 

If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious complications. If detected and treated, the condition is typically curable.

Targeted treatments for improved oral health

Dr. Murphy offers a full range of treatments to target periodontal disease. After a complete exam, we might determine that you need a thorough scaling and root planing treatment to remove bacteria and built-up tartar, a graft to regenerate your bone and gum tissues, dental implants, or surgery.

After initial treatment, you must maintain good oral hygiene to prevent a return of periodontal issues. Brush at least twice a day, focusing on hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, and floss daily. Keeping your scheduled dental cleaning appointments also helps keep your mouth clean and free from unpleasant odors. We typically recommend four periodontal cleanings a year for our patients.

If you're frustrated by chronic bad breath or worried about your gum health, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Murphy. Either call for an appointment or contact us online. We look forward to being your partner in your dental health.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Adjusting to Life With Dentures

If you need dentures, you’re not alone. Over 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and nearly 36 million are missing all their teeth. Learn how to make the transition to dentures and get back to enjoying life sooner with these tips.

Why Wait? We Offer Same-Day Crowns

Dental crowns are a great way to enhance your smile or cover a weak or damaged tooth. You used to have to wait for a dental lab to custom make your crown, but not anymore with in-office CEREC® technology.

Common Causes of Yellow Teeth

What comes to mind when you see someone flash a stunningly bright-white smile? It might well be a combination of “How did they do that?” and “How can I do that?” You can get there too, but it’s good to know what can interfere with a white smile.

Is My Dental Problem an Emergency?

Dental emergencies usually arise without much warning. All of a sudden, you’re in an accident and a tooth comes loose. What about other dental problems? When is it an emergency?