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Do You Have Bad Breath / Halitosis?

If you have bad breath (halitosis) or suspect you might, it’s a good idea to visit our clinic in Toronto. Many people suffer from bad breath, but may not realize that it can be treated by a dentist.

Causes of Bad Breath

The most common causes of bad breath are dryness of the mouth and gum disease (periodontal disease). Gum disease is caused by plaque bacteria that produces sulphur molecules, which give off a foul odour. This can be treated at our Calgary clinic, and the odour will disappear.

Other causes of bad breath include:

  • Eating garlic, onions or other spices
  • Poor hygiene habits
  • Lack of professional cleaning
  • Drinking coffee and/or alcohol
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Tooth decay
  • A sinus infection
  • Lung disease
  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Kidney disorders
  • Diabetes

Preventing Bad Breath

Proper hydration, good oral hygiene and avoiding the foods and drinks listed above can diminish bad breath, but sometimes that is not enough. Brushing and/or scraping your tongue can also help decrease the odour-producing bacteria in your mouth, and you may obtain an effective tongue scraper at our downtown Toronto clinic. If your bad breath persists, or you are still concerned, please visit our Toronto clinic so we may rule out other possible conditions.


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