Bad Breath

Bad breath

Bad breath is not dangerous, unlike certain other dental issues, but can be highly embarrassing. This condition is characterized by a foul-smelling breath that does not seem to go away when brushing the teeth. If it is chronic, dentists refer to the problem as halitosis.

A surprising number of individuals suffer from bad breath, not just in Ottawa, but around the world. The mouth is an intriguing mix of saliva, bacteria, and external substances placed inside while eating and drinking. The result is often a strange smell as the substances interact.

If you are struggling with bad breath in Ottawa, come see us at Alberta Street Dentistry today for comprehensive treatment.

Causes

Believe it or not, but bad breath is not always caused by poor oral hygiene. Instead, it can be the result of an underlying dental or medical issue that needs to be diagnosed and treated before your breath will recover.

At Alberta Street Dentistry, we have encountered halitosis caused by the following issues:

  • Poor oral hygiene which allows bacteria to grow and ferment on the teeth, gums, and tongue
  • Dry mouth which eliminates cleansing saliva and prevents the removal of bacteria
  • Untreated cavities and infected teeth with fermenting bacteria
  • Gastrointestinal problems like acid reflux and indigestion
  • The regular consumption of items like cigarettes, coffee, and alcohol
  • A diet rich in protein

Treatment

In most cases, the cause of bad breath can be treated through basic cleaning, the use of antibiotics, and better education about how to maintain oral health and hygiene at home. Our dentist will eliminate bacteria from the surface of the teeth and in the gums and can fill cavities and prescribe antibiotics to treat infections.

At home, individuals with halitosis need to take steps to improve their lifestyle and become healthier. This can mean giving up habits like smoking, switching from coffee to water, and using fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash. Flossing should be done twice a day as well to eliminate plaque and bacteria that accumulate between the teeth.

If your bad breath is being caused by a medical issue like acid reflux, our office can refer you to a local physician in Ottawa capable of helping you.

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