Does bad breath plague you no matter how much you brush? If so, you could be among the 80 percent of adults who have periodontal, or gum disease.

Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost. 

Symptoms are often not noticeable until the disease is advanced.

They include:

  • Bad breath that won't go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing 
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth

Here are some things you can do to prevent periodontal diseases:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day (with a fluoride toothpaste).
  • Floss every day.
  • Visit the dentist routinely for a checkup and professional cleaning.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Don't use tobacco products.
  • See your dentist if you think you have gum disease. 

Treatments, including deep cleanings, antibiotics, and Surgery are available.