Do you suffer from bad breath? If so, you shouldn’t be embarrassed. Millions of people are troubled by this unpleasant condition. In fact, almost everyone has bad breath from time to time. Here’s why:
- Lack of Saliva in the Morning – Saliva flow is virtually non-existent during sleep. This reduces your mouth’s natural cleansing action and allows bad-breath-causing bacteria to grow.
- Volatile Sulphur Compounds – 90% of people with chronic halitosis (bad breath) suffer from an excessive build-up of certain odour causing bacteria on the back of the tongue. People with chronic halitosis have large amounts of volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs) produced from the breakdown of proteins by bacteria in the mouth.
- Food – When we ingest foods such as onion and garlic, the odour-causing compounds they contain enter our blood stream. From there, those compounds are transferred to the lungs, where they are exhaled, along with their odour.
- Poor Oral Hygiene – Food particles that are not brushed and rinsed away after eating remain in the mouth and promote bacterial growth.
- Gum Disease – Poor oral hygiene can lead to periodontal disease which allows colonies of bacteria and food debris to inflame gums
- Dental Cavities
- Improperly fitted dental appliances may contribute to bad breath
- Dry mouth (Xerostomia) – Xerostomia, the medical term for dry mouth, may be caused by mouth breathing (related to a stuffy nose), certain medications, salivary gland problems, and stress.
- Smoking – Tobacco products dry the mouth, causing bad breath.
- Dieting – Certain diets that are high in protein cause the body to produce chemicals called ketones. These foul-smelling ketones are released in the breath, as the body burns fat.
- Dehydration and Hunger – Drinking water and chewing food increases saliva flow and washes bacteria away.
- Health Issues – Chronic bad breath should not be ignored, as it may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Diabetes, liver and kidney problems, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia are several conditions that may contribute to bad breath.
Fresh Breath Treatment
When you visit The Smile Shop to stop bad breath, your treatment plan begins with a thorough exam to ensure that you don’t have underlying dental problems causing halitosis.
Dr Levi will suggest an oral healthcare plan that includes regular professional cleanings, brushing twice each day, daily flossing, and tongue cleaning. Some patients may benefit from professional breath treatment protocols such as tongue-scraping, fresh breath products and other services we offer.
Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you achieve fresh breath.