N6A 1V3 Canada dentist discusses bad breath
Everyone has “morning breath,” but an estimated 45 percent of the population has chronic halitosis. Effective breath control comes from evaluating and treating the root cause. Dr. David Favell, a family dentist practicing in the N6A 1V3 Canada area, provides this helpful information.
What is bad breath?
Persistent odour that emanates from the mouth can come from:
- Bacteria – Your mouth contains hundreds of strains of oral bacteria. These microorganisms feast on sugars and starches in food particles. As they eat, they excrete foul-smelling acids. Since saliva helps to cleanse bacteria from the oral cavity, dry mouth fosters bad breath. Good home hygiene is essential to keep bacteria under control.
- Gum disease – As gum tissues become infected and diseased, they emit unpleasant odour. Tobacco users are at high risk of developing gum disease.
- Foods – When garlic, onions, and certain spices are digested, they enter the bloodstream, and are expelled through the lungs. If you eat these foods consistently, the problem can be continual.
- Medical conditions – Some medications contribute to dry mouth, and others release chemicals that can cause breath odour. Infections in the mouth, tonsil stones, and ear, nose, throat, or respiratory problems impact breath. Acid reflux (GERD), metabolic disorders, and some cancers and cancer treatments trigger bad breath.
The dentists at Downtown Dental Centre Family Practice take time to understand medical conditions and lifestyle habits that may be factors. Breath from the mouth and nose is analysed, and a painless tongue scraping may be taken. Then we design a personalised treatment plan to tackle dental issues, and address symptoms with prescription mouth rinse and toothpaste. We work with your physician if we suspect an underlying medical cause.
If you have chronic bad breath, please don’t hesitate to ask your dentist for discreet help. In the N6A 1V3 Canada area, call 226-241-9880 to schedule.
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