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If you have been dealing with persistent bad breath you understand how embarrassing it can be. But did you know that it can actually be a sign that something more serious may be going on? At Phillips Ranch – Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Diamond Bar, California, Dr. Howard Glassman and Dr. Peter Nghiem know that persistent bad breath can indicate the early stages of periodontal or gum disease.

Typically, bad breath is caused by bacteria or food particles which are not washed away daily. But you can also reduce bacteria by implementing a healthy diet:

— Eating crisp fruit and vegetables stimulates saliva flow to remove food particles.
— Consuming cheese and unsweetened yogurt can neutralize the acids that cause bad breath.
— Hydrating with water helps wash away acids and food particles while maintaining saliva flow.
— Chewing on sugarless gum or breath mints promotes saliva flow and temporarily freshens bad breath.

If you have persistent bad breath, however, something more serious may be going on, including gum or periodontal disease. If gum disease is left untreated, your bad breath may also be accompanied by bleeding gums, increased spaces between your teeth, loose teeth, receding gums, red and inflamed gums, and increasing tenderness and discomfort in your gums.

Along with a healthy diet, maintaining excellent oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day and flossing at least once daily–are key. Not only that, but routine dental checkups are essential, as they allow Dr. Howard Glassman and Dr. Peter Nghiem, to remove hardened plaque and tartar from the gums and gum line.

If you are currently experiencing persistent bad breath, or have any of the symptoms described above, we urge you to come in and have our dentists take a look. Please call Phillips Ranch – Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Diamond Bar, California at 909-860-0321 today! Dr. Howard Glassman and Dr. Peter Nghiem are happy to help you with all of your smile needs!