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Oral Health FAQ


At J.J. Perkiomaki DMD PC, we understand that patient education is an important part of your overall oral health. The following information is designed to help you better understand common oral health problems.

Why Does My Breath Smell?

While there can be many causes, bad-smelling breath is usually the result of the food and bacteria that collect in your mouth. Food that collects between the teeth, around the gums, and on your tongue can begin to rot which leaves an unpleasant odor. The foods and beverages you consume can also affect the odor, in particular foods like garlic and onions.

Bad breath can also be the result of smoking, respiratory infections, acid reflux, and poor oral hygiene. In some cases, bad breath can signal a medical disorder. If Dr. Perkiomaki determines that you have a healthy mouth, we may refer you to a general physician if the odor persists.

Maintaining pristine oral health can significantly reduce bad breath. Be sure to implement an excellent oral hygiene regime that includes regular brushing and flossing. Brushing the bacteria off your tongue can also make a big difference.

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

Sensitive teeth can be caused by some issues, some of which include:
•  Damaged tooth enamel
•  Tooth erosion caused by highly acidic foods
•  Gum recession that exposes your root
•  Bruxism (tooth grinding)

Certain dental procedures can also cause sensitivity issues. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, we may be able to help. There are numerous treatments that can help you manage your discomfort. The first step is to determine what causes your sensitivity.

Why Do I Get Canker Sores?

Canker sires are painful mouth sores that usually show up on the inside of your lips, inside of your cheeks, at the base of the gums, on the roof of your mouth, and on the tongue. Canker sores are usually genetic, but they are also linked to other diseases. While we do not know the exact cause of canker sores, many scientists believe they are the result of a problem with the body’s immune system.

Only the symptoms of canker sores can be treated. Treatment can usually help eliminate any pain or discomfort until the sores fully heal.

Why Do My Gums Bleed?

Bleeding gums are a common symptom of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by the harmful bacteria found in plaque and tartar deposits. As a response to the bacteria, your immune system produces toxins that affect the gum tissues, connective ligaments, and alveolar bone. Over time, you may experience bone deterioration or tooth loss, which is why it is important to treat gum disease before it spreads. If you notice that your gums bleed easily, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. Be sure to change your oral hygiene regimen as well. Flossing once a day can significantly improve your periodontal health.

Is Smokeless Tobacco Harmful?

Smokeless tobacco is still harmful. In fact, it has been linked to certain types of oral cancers and other dental diseases. Other harmful effects of smokeless tobacco include heart disease and high blood pressure, pulmonary disease, and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

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If you would like to learn more about your oral health, call (503) 292-8996, and schedule your appointment today!

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