Understanding the causes and treatment of halitosis is the first step toward avoiding the embarrassment that often accompanies bad breath.
How many people suffer from bad breath?
Researchers estimate that about 50% of middle-aged and older adults have intolerable breath odors. A universal and more common form of halitosis is “morning breath,” which is caused by the mouth being dry and inactive at night. Chronic bad breath is a more serious condition, affecting some 25% of the population to varying degrees. Visit our Fresh Breath Centre to treat your bad breath.
What are the causes of bad breath?
In 85-90% of all cases, bad breath originates in the mouth itself, and most unpleasant odors are produced when oral bacteria break down proteins trapped in the mouth. The tongue provides a large surface on which these bacteria can accumulate. The intensity will vary as a result of oral dryness, fasting or eating certain foods, as well as smoking and alcohol consumption. Gum disease is a major reason for bad breath and the more serious the gum problem, the worse the bad breath is.
What types of food cause bad breath?
Logically, foods that already have a pungent odor, such as garlic, onions, salsa and curry, cause bad breath. These foods contain volatile sulfur compounds, which are the same odorous substances some oral bacteria produce when they break down food left in your mouth. Sugary and acidic foods and drinks may also cause bad breath.
So, how can I treat my bad breath?
The treatment of your bad breath will depend upon multiple factors, including the severity and frequency. When you visit us for an examination, we’ll assess the cause of your bad breath and then recommend a course of treatment.
Your treatment may include: oral hygiene instruction, if you are not effectively cleaning certain areas in your mouth; antibiotics if you have an infection; or scaling and root planing (deep cleaning beneath the gum line) if gum disease is the culprit.