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Once upon a time, a prince named Charming went to wake up his love with a kiss, but his smelly breath woke her up first. There are numerous reasons for stinky breath, and one of them is periodontal disease, a serious disorder affecting the chompers and gums.

Periodontal disease is very prevalent in the United States, and there are more than 3 million cases reported every year. Periodontal disease is also more prevalent in men than in women, and seniors are more vulnerable to it than those under about 20 years of age. It is always among the most common oral diseases, and we see patients with gum disease every hour.

There are a number of different products for caring for periodontal disease. You might sense that many of the toothpastes currently available on the market have advertisements for “gum disease control,” and you should know that this typically means that the toothpaste is fluoridated. Fluoride fights periodontal disease by increasing the tooth enamel, making it tough for bacteria to wear away at the chompers. Because smelly breath is a symptom of gum disease, you may consider using mouthwash to freshen your breath, but the best products for fighting periodontal disease are still toothbrushes and floss.

Please schedule your next appointment with Dr. Paul Agyekum and the Ryan-Eight Mile Family Dentistry staff in Detroit, Michigan, now by calling us at 313-891-1900. At Ryan-Eight Mile Family Dentistry, your oral health is our ultimate priority, and we’ll do all we can to brighten your smile.