Bad breath? Stop spending a mint on breath mints; you’re just masking the problem.
Did you know Canadians spend millions each year to try to get rid of bad breath? Most of this is spent on mouthwashes and mints. These will only cover bad breath for a few hours at a time.
You should not overlook bad breath, not just for the sake of people around you, but for your own well-being. While bad breath is a social problem, it can also be an indicator of a health problem.
Bad breath can be caused by many things. It may be the result of odour causing foods, tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, mouth dryness, sinus or respiratory infections, inadequate oral hygiene, medications, or tobacco products.
One of the warning signs of periodontal disease is persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. Eliminating periodontal disease and maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath. Most bad breath is caused by bacteria in or around the mouth, and bacteria that accumulate on the tongue also contribute significantly to the problem.
Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your tongue as well. Use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between your teeth. If you do not brush or floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth and collect bacteria which can cause bad breath. Foods that collect between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums can rot, leaving an unpleasant odour.
Dentures that are not properly cleaned can also harbour odour causing bacteria and food particles. If you wear removable dentures, clean them thoroughly before replacing them the next morning.
If you must constantly use a breath freshener to hide unpleasant mouth odours, see your dentist for a dental checkup and professional cleaning. Dentists know more about how to treat bad breath now than ever before. We have the knowledge and tools to provide you with effective therapies to address this health and social issue. We analyze the source of your bad breath and measure the level of sulfuric acids in the mouth. The gases from those acids create the unpleasant smell and, once located they can be neutralized with special rinses and toothpastes.
Chlorine dioxide used effectively with specially designed brushes, tongue cleaners, and mouth brushing techniques makes it difficult for the bad breath “bugs” to survive.
Yours for better dental health,
Dr. Arvind Kataria D.D.S.