Does this sound familiar to you? My dentist and hygienist mentioned that I had irritated gums as they cleaned my teeth. This can be really a symptom of gingivitis.
Gingivitis can be a stepping stone to major problems in the mouth and gum line. It may lead to periodontal disease, and it is a far more serious issue with the potential for actual bone loss.
Halitosis (bad breath) could be related to a gingivitis infection as both are caused by bacteria. Red, swollen and/or bleeding gums characterize gingivitis. These symptoms are most evident upon flossing and sometimes from brushing.
Bacteria cause gingivitis. And bacteria are considered to be responsible for bad breath.
It was embarrassing enough to understand I wasn’t controlling my gingivitis problem, but to know that she was really trying to not make a big deal out of it was troubling.
I knew my dentist was worried since she gave me a bottle of alcohol based lotion to test to mentioned that she wished to see exactly how I looked next time. I really don’t like using it; there’s too much alcohol and the taste isn’t very pleasant. Alcohol may also dry the mucous membranes in the mouth area.
Bacteria can stick to your teeth and secrete acid on them leading to cavity formation. They can also infect the gums, particularly around the gum line, causing gingivitis. This can manifest initially as bleeding and irritated gums.
With a great deal of uncontrolled bacteria multiplying in the mouth can also result in bad breath, however there is a natural and normal number of bacteria in the mouth, and you will never fully get rid of all of them, nor will you want to.
Theory has it that it’s truly the anaerobic bacteria which live in the tongue and throat that produce sulfur which in turn create hard to get rid of terrible breath. One form is the familiar rotten egg smell. There are other odors coming from VSCs as well. All these sulfur-producing bacteria can feed on certain foods, such as coffee, meats and alcohol.
A gingivitis problem can offer a means for bacteria to easily put in your blood stream and that can lead to further problems. Systemic infections could come from this.
Loss of chewing gum line can be discouraging. A friend of mind once described the process as, “getting long in the tooth”. TIP: Using a soft bristled toothbrush with the type of motion that your hygienist recommends may help prevent eroded gum lines.
Treatment And Prevention
This could be a part of the protocol that your dentist might invoke, in the event you create periodontal disease. If you know folks who’ve experienced an under-the-gum cleaning; they may tell you that it isn’t really pleasant.
Your dentist can handle this problem in a variety of ways. But, prevention probably is the best option. Include decent flossing and brushing habits – visit your dentist for details. And you could add a non-alcohol based mouthwash alternative to your regimen.
This apparatus does a much better job than a regular toothbrush in keeping my teeth clean. It does take a little while to get used to because of the vibration. It creates many, many vibrations per minute. This helps to provide it such wonderful cleaning skills.
Do not feel sad if you have excellent oral health habits but you still have awful breath. This is common and several people experience this same situation. Oral health products which don’t contain sodium lauryl sulfates or artificial flavors that can still kill the germs that cause bad breath without using harsh alcohol or substances that are tough might be beneficial.
I am not a dentist. This article isn’t intended for diagnosis, treatment or prevention nor is it meant to give advice. If you have or suspect you’ve got gingivitis, periodontal disease or any other dental problems, see your dentist for a consultation.