Ensure Consistent Fresh Breath with Joly Dental Care in Downtown Edmonton
At Joly Dental Care, preventative dentistry is an important factor in maintaining optimal oral health for our patients living in downtown Edmonton by providing a wide selection of dental services. We’re also here to answer all your oral health questions. One of the most common conditions in your mouth, caused by the food you eat and how often you clean your teeth, gums and tongue, is bad breath or halitosis. The dental team at Joly Dental Care will help you understand what the signs and causes of bad breath can mean for you.
Causes of Bad Breath
Everyone suffers from bad breath from time to time. However, there are easy ways to improve your breath and keep your teeth and gums healthy at the same time. Here are some considerations:
- Your oral health routine: Floss and brush your teeth, gums and tongue daily. A mouthwash adds extra protection by getting rid of bacteria.
- Diet: It plays a huge role in the state of our breath. Be aware that certain foods, like garlic, onions, and some spices, can contribute to bad breath for up to 72 hours after eating because after digestion, the proteins in these foods circulate in the bloodstream. They are eventually carried into the lungs and are expelled in your breath until they exit your system.
- Cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco: These nicotine products can cause dry mouth and bad breath – on top of being harmful to your overall health. Ask your dentist for help with smoking cessation.
- Early sign of periodontal or gum disease: Gum disease is an infection that affects the gums and jawbone, and can lead to a loss of gum and teeth.
- A dry mouth: a dry mouth generally leads to bad breath. Saliva inhibits the growth of bacteria that contribute to bad breath by cleansing the mouth and removing odour-causing food particles. Dry mouth is also caused by some medications, alcohol, and breathing with your mouth open.
Concerns about Bad Breath?
What can you do if you are concerned about bad breath? Be sure to visit your dentist for periodic cleanings and exams. Brush and floss your teeth after eating, if you possibly can. Drinking plenty of water or chew sugar-free gum or candy to keep your mouth moist and clean are also good options.
However, chronic bad breath is a very visible sign that something is not right. Schedule an appointment with your dentist. Chronic halitosis can be an indicator of gum disease or dry mouth. Bad breath may be a sign of a medical disorder, such as diabetes, respiratory tract infection, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, gastrointestinal disturbances or liver or kidney ailments.
If you’re concerned about your breath, oral health, or simply have questions, call and make an appointment with Dr. Joly at our clinic in downtown Edmonton today, or fill out our online form and a friendly member of our team will respond to your request.