Solving Bad Breath or Halitosis

You don't have to be embarrassed anymore

In addition to taking care of all your dental needs, Dr. Alex Newman, can help you find solutions for bad breath (halitosis), right here in Calgary.

In case you'are wondering about halitosis, what causes your bad breath and what solutions are available for this embarrassing situation, read below and find out more.

What is Halitosis?

Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath.

It can be an occasional event, such as after you’ve eaten something like garlic bread. But for some people, chronic bad breath is a real problem.

What are possible causes of bad breath?

Halitosis has a range of causes, some of which are pretty serious.

The most common causes of bad breath are dryness of the mouth and gum disease (periodontal disease).

Gum disease is caused by plaque bacteria that produces sulphur molecules, which give off a foul odour.

This can be treated at our Calgary dental office, and the odour will disappear.

Other common causes of bad breath include:

  • Foods and drinks like:
    • Garlic
    • Onion
    • Strong spices
    • Coffee
    • Alcohol
    • Foods, drinks and other strong-smelling ingredients can leave particles behind in your mouth and on your tongue, resulting in an unpleasant post-meal odor.

      Luckily, this is easily treated and not a chronic cause of halitosis.

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  • Bad habits like
    • Smoking
    • Chewing tobacco
    • Poor oral hygiene habits
    • Bad habits can cause short term and long term effects on your health.

      Bad breath is just a minor consequence of a bad habit.

      Usually the treatment involves exchanging the bad habit with a good one, like eating more fruits or vegetables, engaging in sports, or flossing and brushing your teeth regularly.

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  • Dry mouth
    • Medications, smoking and mouth breathing can contribute to having a dry mouth.

      This lack of saliva means bacteria isn't being rinsed out of the mouth as well as it should, and this can lead to bad breath.

      Smoking is one of the leading causes of dry mouth.

      Quitting will not only help restore natural saliva, it will also enhance your general health.

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  • Dental problems
    • Gum disease (gingivitis and periodontal disease)
    • Tooth decay
    • Dental issues can encourage bacteria to hide in cavities or pockets around the gums caused by conditions such as gingivitis and periodontal disease.

      Short-term breath freshening methods may mask the problem, but the smell can remain when the core issues go unchecked.

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  • Medical issues
    • A sinus infection
    • Lung disease
    • Chronic acid reflux
    • Kidney disorders
    • Diabetes
    • Some viruses and illnesses, particularly those that affect the sinuses, nasal passages and throat, can result in halitosis.

      Children with offensive breath might have a cold or sinus infection.

      The American Dental Association explains that bad breath can also be a sign of liver and kidney diseases.

      Please visit your family doctor if you suspect any of this causes.

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What can you do to prevent bad breath?

Proper hydration, good oral hygiene, and avoiding the foods and drinks listed above can diminish bad breath, and improve your habits, but sometimes that isn't enough.

Brushing and/or scraping your tongue can also help decrease the odour-producing bacteria in your mouth.

If your bad breath persists, or you are still concerned, please visit our Calgary dental office so we can rule out other possible conditions.

What can you do about it?

Remember: If it's a short-term problem, take comfort in employing a short-term solution.

Brush your teeth, scrape your tongue, chew gum, or use mouthwash to get rid of the odours of specific foods and beverages.

If your bad breath is the result of a chronic issue such as tooth decay or an illness, you'll need to see a healthcare professional because gum and mouthwash will only mask the problem for a little while.

If you have a dental problem, make an appointment right now and Dr. Alex Newman will guide you to the right solution.

If you think the problem may be medical, you'll need to see your family doctor.

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You are not alone

One of every 4 people have bad breath

According to the Massachusetts Dental Society, 25 percent of people suffer from some type of halitosis. Treating the issue at the source means fresher breath wherever you are during the day. We at Eastport Dental Centre, are here to help you find the cause and the best solution to this situation. Book an appointment now and we'll discuss this in details with you.