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Gum Disesase & Bad Breath

Halitosis Treatment (Bad Breath Care)

Halitosis or bad breath is a common oral condition that affects 1 in 4 people. It is caused by the lack of proper oral hygiene practice. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth consistently then expect that your mouth will have an unpleasant or foul odour. Another cause of bad breath is the occasional morning breath that is normal because of the lack of saliva flow at night but definitely needs tending to if it persists throughout the day.

How to avoid bad breath?

Root canals are an effective treatment with a very high success rate. Some of the common indicators that a root canal may be needed are:
  • Proper oral hygiene is the key to fresh breath. You need to get rid of the plaque and food particles that stay in your mouth for long periods of time.
  • Avoid eating foods that have a strong and intense odour and eat foods like raw carrots and celery instead
  • As much as possible, quit smoking tobacco and cigarettes that can cause severe mouth odour.
  • Drink lots of water every day
  • Don’t forget to clean your tongue, preferably using a tongue scraper
  • Chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugarless candy can greatly help
  • Try to avoid breathing with your mouth
  • Visit the dentist regularly–at least twice per year–for professional cleaning and oral exam.

Periodontal Treatment (Gum Care)

Periodontitis is a serious gum disease that can occur when a patient suffering from gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) fails to recover and instead gets worse and advances because of repeated improper oral care. Periodontitis happens when the toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums causing them to become swollen and sore. The side effects of Periodontitis range from loose teeth and teeth fallout to heart and respiratory diseases.

How Can You Treat Periodontitis?

When talking about prevention, proper oral hygiene is always a good way to avoid gum disease. However, when it comes to actual gum disease treatment, a visit to the doctor is a must. To cure Periodontitis, the dentist will perform a professional cleaning–including scaling and root planing to eliminate plaque and control the buildup. Periodontitis that have become so advanced will require dental surgery, such as:
  • Flap surgery is when tiny incisions in your gum are made so that a section of gum tissue can be lifted back.
  • Soft tissue grafts are when damaged soft tissue is reinforced by removing a small amount of tissue from your palate and attaching it to the affected site
  • Bone grafting is when a graft composed of small fragments of your own bone (or synthetic or donated bone) is made and is transplanted to your jawbone to prevent tooth loss by holding your tooth in place.
  • Guided tissue regeneration is when the dentist places a special piece of biocompatible fabric between existing bone and your tooth to allow the regrowth of bone that was destroyed by bacteria.
  • Tissue-stimulating proteins are done by applying a special gel that contains the same proteins found in developing tooth enamel to a damaged tooth root.
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