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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal Treatment

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We know that you have many choices when it comes to choosing a dentist. We are here to answer any questions you have to give you confidence in your decision. Listed below are some of the most common questions we hear from patients. If yours is not listed here, give us a call or send an email through our handy contact form. We are here to help!

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Bad breath can originate from a number of medical problems such as digestive issues, dry mouth, and certain medications. Most often, bad breath, also known as halitosis, stems from problems within the mouth.

Short-Term Bad Breath

You may have short-term bad breath due to dehydration or not eating enough food. Your mouth can also retain odors from strong foods such as curry, onions, and garlic. You can help alleviate bad breath from foods by brushing your teeth and tongue to remove any food debris and odors. Most bad breath caused by food quickly dissipates, so there is no reason to avoid your favorites unless you have an important face-to-face meeting after lunch!

Chronic Bad Breath Explained

Chronic bad breath often stems from a serious infection called periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease has a distinct odor that you can often smell when people talk. Unfortunately, unless someone tells you, you may not know that your breath smells foul. You can floss your teeth and smell the floss, but even then it may not be apparent, especially for older people who lose their sense of smell as they age. 

Other signs of periodontal disease that can give you a clue about your breath are bleeding when you brush and floss, swollen gums, redness, and recession.

If you do not take good care of your teeth and have regular dental cleanings, you can count on having bad breath eventually.

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If you have questions about how to maintain fresh breath, our dental hygienists are a wealth of knowledge and can help you get back on track.

Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and near your gum line. Brushing your teeth regularly removes this layer of plaque. That is why we recommend brushing at least twice daily!

Removal of Plaque at Dental Cleanings

If you do not brush thoroughly or you skip tooth brushing, plaque can harden into tartar, also known as calculus, and you will be unable to remove it with a toothbrush. At your professional dental cleaning, our gentle and skilled hygienists will remove any calculus so your gums can heal.

Plaque and calculus contain toxins that irritate the gums, causing inflammation and leading to a condition known as periodontal disease. In its early stages, periodontal disease may be reversible with a proper dental cleaning and consistent home care.

Periodontal Disease Treatment in Woodland Hills

As periodontal disease progresses, it becomes a more serious condition called periodontitis and may require a series of deep cleanings to heal. Once you have periodontitis, you are much more susceptible to a reoccurrence. 

For people who struggle with periodontal disease, we can customize your preventive dental care to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This may include more frequent dental cleanings three to four times yearly along with special rinses to keep the infection at bay.

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