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If you have been dealing with ongoing 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 happening? At Brighter Smiles Family Dental located in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Dr. Jing Yang and our team are aware that bad breath that never seems to go away may indicate the early stages of periodontal or gum disease.

Bad breath can be caused by bacteria or food particles which are not washed away daily. You can help 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 sugarless gum or breath mints promotes saliva flow and temporarily freshens bad breath.

If you have ongoing 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. In addition, routine dental checkups are essential, as they allow Dr. Jing Yang to remove hardened plaque and tartar from the gums and gum line.

If you would like to schedule your next dental checkup, please call Brighter Smiles Family Dental in Lebanon, Pennsylvania at 717-274-5613 today. Dr. Jing Yang and our dedicated team are ready to help you with all of your oral health needs!