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How to treat bad breath with swollen and bleeding gums?

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Answered by

Dr. Beryl F

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Vinodhini J.

Published At February 6, 2020
Reviewed AtApril 23, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am facing a bad breath problem. Sometimes gums get swelled and bleeding happens. I do not feel comfortable speaking to someone because of the bad breath issue. What can I do to eradicate this problem?

Answered by Dr. Beryl F


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. Gum bleeding, gum swelling, and bad breath are the signs of gum condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums caused due to constant irritation by tartar or calculus (hardened yellow deposits on the tooth).

Food deposits or plaque that settles on the tooth get calcified in the long run and become hardened calculus deposits. Constantly irritated gums become weak and start to bleed when we brush or in the morning time after waking up.

A professional scaling and polishing procedure is done by an ultrasonic scaler instrument to remove that calculus. Once removed, the gums take a day to heal and the gum bleeding and gum swelling will resolve the next morning. You will also see an improvement in your bad breath issue. Please visit your dentist and get this procedure done. This procedure can be done once in six months if required. Although we do a proper brushing every day, there are certain spots between teeth where the bristles fail to reach. Hence a professional tooth cleaning is always advised once in a while. There are certain brushing techniques that can be followed to prevent calculus accumulation. Get to know that from your dentist and please do follow them. And you should start cleaning the tongue with a tongue cleaner or by using the back of the brush. This will be effective in reducing the bad breath issue.

I hope this helps.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Beryl F
Dr. Beryl F


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