Dr. Chitra Shanmugham, DDS
A Great Dentist

What causes bad breath?

Bad breath from foods such as garlic, onions, and curry is very different from bad breath due to gum disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by bacteria and infection. This is frequently the result of ineffective home care or missing routine dental cleanings. 

Your gum tissue should cling tightly to your teeth, creating a seal that keeps out food and bacteria. Once that seal becomes inflamed, it can loosen and create pockets that are a harbor for bacteria and infection. Some symptoms include bleeding, sensitivity, recession, inflammation, and bad breath. Without proper treatment, you could lose your teeth and put your overall health at risk.

Periodontal disease has been linked to systemic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, low birth-weight babies, and respiratory illnesses. By addressing periodontal disease, you are protecting your overall health.

Our hygiene team is gentle, thorough, and professional. We will work with you to improve the health of your gums so that you can enjoy comfortable teeth and gums and fresh breath. We will never make you feel guilty for staying away from the dentist for too long. We will simply address your conditions and provide you with tips, products, and a treatment plan that will give you a healthy smile for a lifetime.

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