Halitosis (bad breath)
We all have bad breath from time to time depending on the foods we eat; however, persistent bad breath (known as halitosis) can be treated. Halitosis remedies in Toronto start with first finding the reason for your persistent bad breath.
Some of the reasons you may have halitosis are:
- Constant dry mouth due to medications
- Illnesses such as diabetes, liver problems, or kidney disease
- Sinus infection
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Lung infection
- Poor dental hygiene
- Foods you eat
- Yeast infections of the mouth
- Tooth decay
- Infection such as abscess
Some of the infections can be treated with antibiotics other ailments you will need your primary doctor to work with your dentist and of course, you need to do your part.
You can help with prevention
You can help with good oral hygiene and watch what you eat such as onions, garlic, and other foods that cause breath odor. Eating a well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and getting exercise is important to prevent not only bad breath but tooth decay and gingivitis. Drinking water after you eat helps wash the food from between your teeth and along your gums out so it will not cause decay or gingivitis. Having any decay taken care of as soon as possible also will help prevent bad breath. Dr. Amelia Chan will examine your mouth, teeth, and tongue to find out what is causing your halitosis. She will then recommend treatments that will stop your bad breath.
These treatments may include:
- Something to help keep the mouth moist especially if your dry mouth is from a medication
- Proper oral hygiene
- Seeing your doctor to make sure you are healthy overall