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North York, Ontario dentist discusses bad breath

May 19, 2016

Have you been told your breath smells? Your family dentist, Dr. Eli Shem-Tov at North York Dental, discusses the signs of and remedies for bad breath.Your North York, Ontario dentist oversees every aspect of your oral health, including how your breath smells. Learn the reasons for bad breath, or halitosis, and how to effectively treat them.

Why do people have  bad breath?

No one should ignore bad breath because while it may start in aromatic foods or in simply not drinking enough water,  it also can signal hidden health concerns. Don’t let embarrassment stop you from solving the problem.

Strong-smelling food, smoking and neglected oral hygiene most commonly cause bad breath, or halitosis. Lots of popular food choices are very aromatic (Think of onions and garlic.), and their residues form sticky plaque on teeth, gums and especially, the deeply grooved and bumpy  tongue. If not removed with diligent  brushing and flossing twice a day, halitosis becomes more noticeable and even offensive. Tobacco from cigarettes and cigars lingers as well, stains teeth and actually burns the top layers of all oral tissues.

Your best North York, Ontario dentist, Dr. Eli Shem-Tov, maintains that oral health problems produce bad breath. Dry mouth, or xerostomia,  from oxygen therapy or a stuffy nose, leads to halitosis and even gum disease and tooth decay. Hereditary factors and drugs therapies for cancer and other diseases set the stage for cavities and periodontitis–a leading cause of tooth loss in North America.

Red, puffy and bleeding gums typify periodontitis. Plaque and tartar hold toxic microbes which degrade gums and lead to halitosis, bone and gum recession, tooth loosening and tooth loss. The bacteria is linked to systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, stroke, hypertension and pregnancy problems. So, when your North York family dentist finds a persistent breath odor problem, he closely investigates it.

Other conditions causing halitosis are:

  • Liver or kidney problems
  • Acid reflux disease
  • Colds, flu or pneumonia
  • Sinusitis and its associated post-nasal drip

Solving bad breath

The  team at North York Dental wants to help patients have fresh breath and of course, the best oral health possible. As such , they highly recommend:

  • Brushing twice a day and flossing daily to remove sticky plaque
  • Cleaning all soft oral tissues, especially the tongue because it collects food residue and bacteria
  • Keeping dentures very clean by brushing after every meal and soaking overnight
  • Staying hydrated (8 glasses of water daily) to wash away food particles and increase saliva and its beneficial enzymes and antibacterial properties
  • Stopping all tobacco
  • Eating plenty of fibrous fruits and vegetables

Also, get semi-annual dental exams and hygienic cleanings with your best North York dentist. Dr. Eli Shem-Tov and his team educate all patients–children through seniors– on oral hygiene, nutrition, mouth rinses or other interventions to eliminate bad breath.

You can do something about bad breath

Contact the office staff at North York Dental, and book your 6-month exam and cleaning.  Fresh breath starts with a healthy smile.

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