Bad breath, also known as “Halitosis”, is a disturbing and unpleasant problem that most of us might face at some point.
In 85 to 90% of the cases, bad breath originates from the mouth. The most common causes are from the food we are eating (such as garlic, cheese, onions, meat and fish) or from obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption.
It’s very normal to have a “morning breath” because during the night the mouth is inactive and less exposed to oxygen. Usually, by a simple tooth brushing, flossing or rinsing with a mouthwash, the bad breath will disappear.
At other times, though, bad breath can be continuous (chronic bad breath), meaning that regular cleaning will not be enough. This is a serious condition that will negatively affect the individual’s personal, social and business relationships, leading to poor self-esteem and increased anxiety.
There are many causes related to chronic bad breath such as bad restorations, plaque accumulation, periodontal disease, tooth abscess, cysts, sinusitis, gastric problems and more. The causes can be determined during your first consultation, where we will seek to pinpoint the root of your problem and refer to a family physician if needed.