Having periodontal disease (periodontitis) can be a real pain in the mouth, literally. This serious oral health condition causes rampant bad breath and can lead to toothaches and deep abiding gum pain. Periodontitis starts with a little plaque on the teeth, something common to nearly everyone. The dense yellow matter accumulates after meals. If you don't brush it away adequately and use an alcohol-free, breath-freshening oral rinse, it can quickly harden into tartar.
Over time, tartar begins to extend below the gum line. The microbes that thrive in tartar begin to infiltrate the gums, resulting in redness and swelling called gingivitis. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis. In its early stages, the condition is almost indistinguishable from gingivitis. When it becomes more severe, that’s when it can become painful and lead to permanent damage.
When people don’t properly brush and floss, tartar and plaque push farther and farther beneath the gums. After a period of time, teeth begin to decay, gums become raw and inflamed, and full-blown periodontitis occurs. In extreme cases, periodontal disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. Bacterial infection pierces the bone bed, eventually resulting in tooth loss. This condition has also been linked to other serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease and stroke.
More advanced stages of gum disease can be treated with scaling and root planning. In this procedure, dental plaque and tartar beneath the gum lines are removed to eliminate gum disease-causing bacteria. When gum disease is extremely advanced, it may require pocket reduction surgery. During outpatient surgery, gums are lifted from the teeth and the underlying bone is smoothed. This enables the gums to fit tightly around the teeth without pockets. Grafted tissue from the roof of the mouth can be used to fill in spaces where gums have completely receded.
Rather than letting bacteria and bad breath get the best of you, fight them with specialty products and a healthy, twice-daily brushing/flossing routine. Use an oral rinse with cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), an incredibly powerful FDA-approved ingredient proven to eliminate bacteria. CPC prevents biofilm (a bacteria) from growing, inhibiting both plaque formation and build-up. The ingredient is safe to use long term in oral rinses targeting gingivitis and bad breath.
TheraBreath Healthy Gums Oral Rinse: This powerful mouthwash contains CPC, which guards against gum disease and halitosis. Regular use of this powerful rinse reverses gingivitis, stops bleeding gums, and keeps gums healthy.
TheraBreath Periotherapy Toothpaste: Fortified with zinc and xylitol, this extra strength toothpaste helps destroy bad breath bacteria and conditions gums and oral tissue.
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