Oral Health Information

Bad Breath & Halitosis

Known in the medical world as halitosis, bad breath can result from a number of factors including poor oral hygiene and other health problems.  It can be made worse with unhealthy lifestyle habits including the types of food consumed.  

HOW DOES WHAT YOU EAT AFFECT BREATH?

When you eat odorous foods, like onions or garlic, it starts to break down in your mouth right away.  Brushing and even mouthwash might temporarily cover up the odour, but it won’t officially leave the mouth until the food leaves the body.    

WHY DO POOR HABITS CAUSE BAD BREATH?

When you skip brushing or flossing, food particles remain in the mouth and encourages bacterial growth between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums, causing bad breath.  Antibacterial mouthwash helps reduce bacteria build up.  

This is the same with dentures, so it is imperative that they are properly cleaned as well.  Smoking and tobacco products will also cause bad breath, in amongst staining the teeth, desensitizing taste buds and irritating gums.  

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH BAD BREATH?

If bad breath or a bad taste persists, it may be a warning sign that there is a periodontal (gum) disease at play.  Gum disease is a result of plaque build up, and the bacteria associated with it can cause the formation of toxins – irritating the gums.  If it is left untreated, the end result could include damage to the jawbone and gums.  

Other issues with bad breath may be a result of a poorly fitted dental appliance, yeast infection in the mouth and cavities.  Dry mouth, sometimes caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems, or mouth breathing, will also cause bad breath because saliva is necessary for neutralizing acids and washing away dead cells that accumulate inside the mouth.  If not removed, these dead cells rot and cause bad breath.  

Some other diseases and illnesses have the potential to cause bad breath, like respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, diabetes, liver problems, kidney problems,  bronchitis, acid reflux and post nasal drip.  

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT BAD BREATH?

Here are some tips for preventing bad breath. 

  1.  Practice proper oral hygiene.  Bushing twice per day with fluoride toothpaste will remove the food and eliminate plaque build up.  Brush your teeth after you eat and don’t forget to brush your tongue! Replace the toothbrush every 2 – 3 months.  Rinse with an antibacterial mouth wash twice per day and remove dentures at night and clean thoroughly.  
  2. See your dentist at least every 6 months.  An oral exam will help identify periodontal disease that can lead to bad breath.  
  3. Quit smoking and or chewing tobacco.  Ask your dentist for resources on how to do this.  
  4. Drink water, suck on sugar free candy, or chew sugar free chewing gum. It will keep your mouth moist.  
  5. Log the foods you eat and note which ones you think might be causing the bad breath.  Then bring it with you to your dentist for a review. You can bring it to the dentist, giving him/her a stronger indicator as to what is going on.

WHO TREATS BAD BREATH?

A dentist can treat bad breath in most cases, unless the mouth is healthy and the issue is outside of oral origin.  Periodontists might be called if the odour is a result of gum disease and outside of the scope of the dentist. If the bad breath is caused by something other than poor oral health, then a trip to the doctor might be in order. 

WHAT PRODUCTS CAN I USE TO ELIMINATE BAD BREATH?

As mentioned, an antiseptic mouthwash might be a good option, but it is best to ask your dentist which product is best for your particular needs.  

About Our Clinic

Welcome to Signal Hill Dental Centre, a general dental clinic located in SW Calgary. Our team is dedicated to providing our patients with honest and caring dental treatments so that they are able to achieve and maintain optimal oral and overall health goals.

At our clinic, our team strives to offer our services that make visits to the dentist convenient for you. This includes:

  • Clinic hours open 7 days a week
  • Extended hours (early mornings, evenings, and weekend)
  • Direct billing insurance
  • Same day emergency dental appointments
  • Comparable and up to date pricing
  • Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) Certified

We offer a range of dental services including general cleaning, emergency dentistry, children dentistry, dental repairs, Invisalign teeth straightening, Botox for TMJ/TMD and more. We offer Swiss technology Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT), which comes standard in all hygiene cleaning appointments.

The core of our clinic values is focused around providing great customer service. We treat our patients as if they were a part of our own staff or family. Our knowledgable team constantly ensures continuous communication and education so that our patients are comfortable through each procedure.

Our SW Calgary dental clinic is accepting new patients. If you would like to meet with one of our Dentists or book a consultation, please contact us and we would be delighted to arrange an appointment.

We look forward to serving you.

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