Perio Breath – It’s Real, It’s Nasty, and It’s Treatable!
Perio breath – by this I mean the breath of someone who has active and probably untreated periodontal disease is unmistakeable and I wish I could just guide any person with this condition into prompt treatment! Just do it! Do this for you, for your improved health, for improved taste, and for improved interpersonal conversations!
I can smell periodontal breath across the room. And I know our office could make such a difference in improved health for whichever person has this! It is the smell of deep infection and rot. For patient’s with this condition, they may even be unaware that they have this problem. And if they are aware, they may try to cover up the condition with gum or breath mints or toothbrushing. These may help a little but if your bad breath is due to active periodontal disease, treatment with your dentist and dental hygienist is the only way to cure this problem.
Let me take you to why I am blogging about this now. I just got off an airplane and no, I did not have to sit directly beside someone with perio breath. This has happened to me and it is not pretty! But periodically the smell would blow over us from the vents where we passengers are all exchanging air and it got me wondering who was the breather causing this and do they even know there is fairly simple treatment? Granted, it could have been something else (standard bad breath, medical issue related bad breath etc.,) but I am pretty sensitized to the real perio breath. If you or someone you know and love has this problem, kindly and sweetly suggest that they or you should have a consult with their dentist. Periodontal disease causing bad breath is not painful but the stigma of having bad breath may be! We can help!