Bad Breath? You’re Not Alone...

Here’s What You Can Do About Your Halitosis

Do you suffer from halitosis, or bad breath? Many patients do – in fact, it’s an extremely common oral health condition. Unfortunately, bad breath can cause us to feel very self-conscious and ashamed, especially when we’re communicating with others face-to-face. But it doesn’t need to be this way, believe us!

Let’s go over the typical causes of bad breath:

  1. Dry Mouth
    Dry mouth is a condition that creates an environment that is ideal for smelly bacteria to thrive in. With a lack of saliva present in the mouth, the mouth can easily take on a bad odor. Smoking and other medical conditions or medications are known to cause dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum to boost salivary flow, or drinking a lot of water throughout the day is proven to help manage dry mouth.
  2. Smoking
    While smoking or using tobacco products may be an obvious contributor to halitosis, quitting is possible (though unfortunately difficult for many). Not only will quitting help to resolve your bad breath issue, but it will support your oral health in a number of other ways.
  3. Improper dental care
    Poor oral hygiene leads to oral issues like gum disease and a build-up of plaque and tartar, which contribute to a smelly mouth. By brushing twice daily for at least 60 seconds each session (and not forgetting to floss daily), you’ll be protecting your teeth from gum disease and decay, ensuring a healthy and fresh oral environment
  4. Diet
    Shawarma for lunch, anyone? Certain foods such as garlic or onions are notorious for causing bad breath. If bad breath due to diet is a concern of yours, you can simply avoid them when necessary or chew sugarless mint gum after consumption to help mask the odor.

A Professional Cleaning Goes a Long Way

Bad breath sufferers can often benefit from a check-up and cleaning at the dentist’s office. A professional cleaning will successfully remove any plaque/tartar build-up on the teeth and below the gums, ensuring a healthy, fresh (and odorless) smile! Our Etobicoke dentist, Dr. Yasmin will be able to help you manage your bad breath problem with a friendly visit to our clinic. Simply give us a call today! You deserve to love your smile – not be ashamed of it.

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