Dental caries is the term used to describe a destructive process that causes decalcification of the tooth enamel; it leads to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and cavitation of the tooth.
Dental Caries is caused by bacteria that produce acid and destroy the tooth structure, thus causing cavities. If untreated, these lesions can get larger, spread to other teeth, cause further destruction of tooth structure, and lead to infection.
Gum Disease refers to the presence of bacteria in the gums and soft tissue surrounding the teeth. Even the slight presence of bacteria inside the gums, of which the majority of individuals have, contributes to gum disease. Treatment of this bacteria and routine maintenance of the soft tissue is an important step to maintain a healthy mouth with minimally controlled levels of bacterial presence.
The presence of bacteria in the mouth or teeth can be a contributing factor to poor oral health and persitent embarrassing bad breath. The Sulfurs and other chemicals produced and emitted by bacteria in the mouth are the primary reason for bad breath.
Therefore, to minimize and eliminate bad breath, the treatment of all deficiencies, as well as those with tooth and gum disease, is an important step in the chain of process to reach this goal. Simply stated, a complete dental treatment of all existing conditions is an important step in eliminating bacteria and achieving optimum, fresh breath.