Bad breath or halitosis can be very inconvenient in social situations. It’s very uncomfortable when you have to meet a client and you’re aware that you have bad breath. Sometimes chewing gums or mint or even mouthwash can help. However, when you’re forced into a social situation with nothing in the way of disguising your bad breath, then you may not feel as confident. As your Vancouver commercial drive dental clinic, we can give you more information with regards to bad breath or halitosis.
What causes Halitosis?
There are a number of different causes for halitosis, ranging from a food that you’ve eaten or bad oral hygiene habits and even an illness or a health condition that you have. As your Vancouver commercial drive dental clinic we can help identify some common causes of bad breath or halitosis.
Food – There are different foods that can cause bad breath, such as onion or garlic, for example. These foods contain sulfur compounds in their molecules that react to bacteria found in your mouth and affects your breath.
Smoking – It comes to no surprise that smoking gives you bad breath. The smell of smoke tends to linger in clothes and hair and, of course, also in your mouth. And that’s not to mention the fact that it can help cause gum disease.
Dry Mouth – Dry mouth occurs when your mouth is unable to produce sufficient saliva. If the condition persists, it can lead to dental issues, as well as bad breath. Saliva flushes away any food particles that are left in your mouth as well as bacteria. When you have dry mouth, however, they remain in your mouth and they start breaking down. This then leads to your brad breath.
Bad Dental Hygiene – Neglecting to brush or floss your teeth or not doing so properly would mean that you will have plaque on your teeth and leftover food particles in your mouth. This means that bacteria will grow within your mouth, as well as between your teeth and even on your tongue.
Bad breath can have a detrimental effect on your confidence and for that reason, you should come see us at your Vancouver dental clinic to figure out what is the cause of your bad breath.