Periodontal disease is a serious health concern affecting many people, often without their knowledge. When bacteria in your mouth are allowed to go
unchecked; they build up around your teeth at the gum line causing an infection of the gum tissue and ultimately leading to periodontal disease.
Prescription Medications and Dry Mouth
There are record numbers of people taking prescription medications for conditions such as high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, allergies, weight
loss, Parkinson's disease, pain and many others. The one side effect these medications have in common is dry mouth. At the Dallas, TX Dentist
Office we understand that dry mouth is not just a nuisance, and that the symptoms of dry mouth can cause significant problems with oral hygiene.
Saliva is the body’s natural cleansing mouth rinse because it contains compounds that effectively kill bacteria in the mouth. Its presence is beneficial
and necessary because it washes away bacteria that accumulate as well as well as the food and debris on which the bacteria feed. Without a diligent
oral hygiene routine the conditions for bacterial growth (and associated periodontal disease) are enhanced by dry mouth since the absence of sufficient
amounts of saliva reduce the body’s natural ability to neutralize bacterial waste.
Periodontal Disease and Bad Breath
Everyone experiences bad breath periodically, but millions of people suffer from chronic halitosis, and for the majority of people it originates from
the gums and tongue. A dentist
will tell you that the odor is possibly the result of poor oral hygiene,
bacteria in the mouth, and decaying food particles.
The only way to eliminate bad breath is to find the cause. The first place to start is with a diligent routine of proper oral hygiene to get rid of
hidden bacteria multiplying between your teeth. It’s also important to remember that those bacteria are also a breeding ground for infection and
Whether you suffer from chronic dry mouth or bad breath, the solution starts with a visit to our Dallas, TX Dentist
office. Periodontal disease, like most oral health concerns, is best treated as soon as possible to avoid more costly treatment in the future as
well as protecting your general overall health.