Bad Breath: Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention

 Azarko Marketing  Friday, January 20, 2017
Bad Breath

Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, is a common problem for which people visit their Edmonton dentist at Azarko Dental Group. While it may make you feel self-conscious, bad breath is thankfully something that you rarely have to live with if you get it properly checked out. Bad breath can have many different possible causes, and therefore many different paths for prevention and treatment.

One of the main causes of bath breath is often poor dental hygiene. If brushing and flossing is infrequent or ineffective, food particles will linger on the teeth and in the mouth, spurring the proliferation of odor-causing bacteria. Poor oral hygiene which results in bad breath my also lead to other oral problems, such as cavities and gum inflammation.

Bad breath can also be caused by what you eat, especially when combined with ineffective oral hygiene habits. Foods that have a strong odor, when left to linger in the mouth and on the teeth, can be detectable long after you are finished eating. Such foods include cheese, onions, garlic, and strong spices used in cooking.

Another common cause of bad breath is tobacco use. Just as tobacco smoke can cling to hair, skin, and clothes, so it can cling to the mouth where it is most strongly concentrated when inhaled. There are also some medications which may result in bad breath, usually because they cause the mouth to become too dry.

Bad breath can often be prevented by taking some simple steps, such as:

  • Brushing at least twice a day, or even after every meal if needed.
  • Flossing at least once a day, as plaque needs only 24 hours to harden into tartar.
  • Using a dentist-recommended antimicrobial mouthwash.
  • Using a dentist-recommended antimicrobial toothpaste.
  • Cleaning your tongue, either by brushing it gently or by using a tongue scraper.
  • Drinking plenty of water throughout the day to keep your mouth from becoming too dry.

Unfortunately, bad breath can also be the symptom of an underlying medical condition, in which case at-home prevention tips will likely only provide temporary results. Conditions such as chronic dry mouth, sinus infection, gastrointestinal problems, kidney and liver diseases, respiratory infection, diabetes, and others can all result in bad breath.

If you are experiencing bad breath and trying to address it yourself at home doesn't seem to work, then you should visit a dental clinic in Edmonton. A dentist can help get to the bottom of your problem, and provide effective solutions for solving it. As bad breath can be a symptom of a bigger underlying problem, you definitely want to have it looked at by a professional.

Edmonton Dental Clinic
At Azarko Dental Group we understand the effect that bad breath can have on oral health and on self-esteem. Just visit one of our two Edmonton dental clinics, and together we can come up with the right treatment plan for you.

Azarko West
780-483-7079
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8

Azarko South
780-988-8190
969 James MowattTrail SW
Edmonton, AB T6W 1S4