Dental Hygienist

Bad Breath: Causes and Treatments

No one wants to have bad breath. Whether in a meeting or on a date, bad breath can really put a damper and on one’s confidence and the comfort of others. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can certainly be anxiety-inducing and cause feelings of embarrassment. This does not have to be the case, however! Bad breath can, fortunately, be treated when the underlying causes are determined. There are a variety of reasons for mouth odour, which is why it helps to have our Ellerslie Dental Clinic’s dental hygienist assess the odour to determine the proper treatment.

Kick bad breath to the curb! Check out the causes of bad mouth odour and how to treat halitosis below.

Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath odours can vary in type and the reasons they occur. Some may not even realize that they have bad breath odour or the extent of it. It can be difficult to assess your own mouth odour, which is why it is helpful to review the following causes to understand how your halitosis may have developed:

  • Tobacco: Tobacco products cause their own unique mouth odour. The products also increase the chances of developing gum disease, which also causes mouth odour.
  • Poor dental habits: If you do not routinely brush teeth twice daily and floss, food particles and bacteria will remain on teeth or gums, which can cause bad breath. Plaque develops on teeth when food and bacteria particles are not removed from the teeth. Not only can this sticky film emit a bad odour, but plaque can also irritate gums and cause periodontitis. The tongue also traps bacteria that cause bad breath. Individuals with dentures are also more prone to bad breath if the dentures are not cleaned thoroughly.
  • Dry mouth: Saliva helps clean out bacteria and cleanse teeth, gums and the tongue. This removes bacteria, which causes odour, but when there is a lack of a saliva fluid due to dry mouth, bad odours can actually worsen. This is especially the case with the chronic dry mouth, which occurs while sleeping and can lead to severe “morning breath.”

Treatment Solutions For Mouth Odour

The most reliable way to reduce bad breath odour from occurring is to maintain healthy, oral health habits. This includes brushing twice daily for two minutes each time along with flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. This prevents cavities and other oral health diseases from forming and can decrease the likelihood of gum disease forming. It is also imperative to schedule routine dental check-ups and cleanings at least twice daily. Our dentists in Edmonton will ensure your oral health is well-maintained and optimal all year long.

Ellerslie Dental Clinic dental hygienists have over 30 years of oral health care experience we bring to the Edmonton community. Our dental clinic uses the most advanced, professional dental technologies to service our patients with incredible care. Our full-service, comprehensive dental clinic ensures each visit is comfortable and our patients leave with a happy smile. Contact our clinic for an appointment at!