There are many facets to proper oral hygiene, which makes it a difficult issue to address in a categorical manner. Incorrect care of the oral cavity has the potential to not only lead to bad breath, but also to adversely affect not only the healthiness of your mouth but also the general physical condition and welfare of your body. While there are several aspects of proper oral hygiene for the prevention of bad breath that may appear more cosmetic in nature, the fact that there is a medical condition associated with bad breath should give the patient pause.
The condition known as receding gums is closely associated with a number of preexisting oral ailments that eventually also express in bad breath. It is rather significant receding gums are a resulting condition instead of an initial ailment, and considering that statistics bear out that a large number of individuals suffer from this malady, it is crucial to recognize the fact that bad breath is more than just a social stigma or inconvenient side effect, but instead it may actually be a warning sign of serious oral disease.
Symptoms associated with receding gums differ, depending on the overall health of the patient, but by and large there is a concurrent onset of painfully swollen or sore gums, bleeding while chewing, and also bad breath that does not abate even after tooth brushing. It may begin with minor soreness, may only be noticeable during regular brushing and flossing, and in some cases may also appear when the patient is eating something that might fall in the category of hard foods, such as a carrot.
Left unchecked, the condition will continue on while the patient might mask the bad breath with mouthwashes, breath mints, and other topical fixes. This leads eventually to a noticeable withdrawal of the gum tissue from the teeth. Perhaps the patient notices that their smile on last year’s holiday photo looks a bit different than it does this year. Conversely, they might realize that their teeth are beginning to feel just a tat loosened. By the time the help of a dentist is sought out, it might already be too late and the initial symptom of bad breath was ignored at the patient’s peril.
Dentists explain that the bad breath the patient will have initially noticed comes from food that became stuck between one or more teeth and the gums. Dental professionals advise that while the latter is the beginning, the next step is actually gum disease and from there a receding of the gums from the teeth. This intimates that proper oral hygiene can prevent the disease that causes bad breath.
Proper brushing and flossing, and also regular visits to the dentist are required to keep the mouth healthy and protect it against the bacterial onslaught that causes disease. The next time you notice a bit of soreness around the gums or someone suggests you might have “dragon breath,” do not wait but make an appointment with a dentist for a thorough exam and dental cleaning.