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Do Receding Gums Cause Bad Breath?

Do Receding Gums Cause Bad Breath?


Receding gums DO cause bad breath.

More Info: Bad breath is a problem many adults face. When bad breath is a chronic problem, gum disease is a likely cause. Periodontitis is a condition common in adults and is a primary cause of bad breath.


Periodontitis is a condition caused by inflammation of the gums that eventually leads to infection. Once infection spreads to the ligaments that support the teeth, gums begin to recede.


Receding gums can cause bad breath, loose teeth, bleeding gums, swollen gums and shiny gums. If left untreated this condition can lead to tooth abscess and eventual tooth loss.


If you have chronic bad breath, you could be suffering from periodontitis. Obtain a dental examination for proper diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with periodontitis, your dentist may clean plague away from your teeth and gums. Severe cases of periodontitis may require surgery so the deep pockets of the gums can be effectively cleaned. Your dentist may also remove any teeth on the verge of abscess to keep problems from spreading to other teeth in close proximity.


Properly cleaning your teeth will help prevent receding gums. Brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal will keep plague and tarter build-up to a minimum. See your dentist at least twice a year for regular cleaning and examination.



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