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You Could Have Bad Breath and Not Be Aware

You Could Have Bad Breath and Not Be Aware

Bad breath a possible issue? Unless the dentist or a trusted friend tells you, you might be unaware of this common problem. Often the result of more than a delicious lunch flavored with garlic and onions, there are several causes of bad breath. We at Pearlee Dental want you to be aware of some of the causes, occurring both inside and outside the mouth, of the embarrassing situation named halitosis.

The Food You Ate

You may have had a sandwich with onions or garlic for lunch, but your breath will tell the story. This is temporary and will stay with you until the food has been digested.

Other temporary causes of bad breath include smoking, alcoholic drinks and coffee. Bad breath may occur when you skip meals or are dieting. Saliva decreases when not eating, allowing bacteria to grow, which is a cause of bad breath.

Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis as well as periodontitis can cause bad breath. Irritation of the gums from plaque that has built up may create irritating toxins that lead to bad breath.


With proper brushing, bacteria that live in the mouth are kept under control. However, food particles that remain may decay and lead to a growth of bacteria that cause bad breath. Regular brushing and flossing can help with this situation.

Dry Mouth

Often the result of medications taken, dry mouth is uncomfortable and may be the result of an interference in your salivary glands. Saliva helps to wash away bacteria, but if there is not enough saliva, bacterial growth can cause bad breath.

Health Issues

If you or your dentist suspect the halitosis in not a dental problem, you should visit a doctor. Some of the medical causes of bad breath include the following:

  • Tonsillitis
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Respiratory infections
  • Kidney or liver disease that is advanced
  • Diabetes

A physician can check to evaluate the cause of halitosis and may refer you to your dentist.

The impact of bad breath may have social consequences as well as physical ones. It is important to find out the cause and then address it with the right solution. Most cases of bad breath have oral causes, so a visit to the dentist is called for. Contact us at Pearlee Dental, our Baseline family dental office in Ottawa, to find the right solution. Both your breath and confidence may be improved.