Bad breath can cause considerable anxiety and shouldn’t be left untreated. At VCCID, we find that a thorough cleaning often eliminates the majority of breath problems, and we can recommend long-term solutions to keep you confidently fresh, even up-close and personal.
If you suffer from chronic, severe bad breath, also known as halitosis, it’s important to identify the cause so you can determine an effective treatment.
Halitosis has many causes, including the following:
- What you eat, or don’t eat. Certain foods, such as garlic, contribute to bad breath, but only temporarily. Once they are absorbed into the bloodstream, the smell is expelled through the breath, but the odors remain until the body processes the food, so there’s no quick fix.
- Dry mouth. If your mouth is extremely dry, there is not enough saliva to wash away excess food particles and bacteria, which can cause an unpleasant smell if they build up on the teeth.
- Infections. Bad breath can be a sign of a range of conditions including respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis or bronchitis, diabetes, or liver and kidney problems, so it’s important not to ignore the problem.
- Tobacco use. Tobacco use is a guarantee of bad breath. If you are ready to quit, ask your doctor or dentist for advice and support.
- Sinus problems, gas reflux from the stomach, bacteria, and more…
What Can Be Done About It?
The best way to improve bad breath is to follow a thorough oral care routine including twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing to remove the food particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath. Mouthwashes only improve bad breath for the short term, and if you have a chronic problem, your dentist may suggest an antimicrobial rinse to help keep bacteria at bay.
Tongue scraping with a proper tool, in conjunction with good oral hygiene will also temporarily alleviate bad breath. However, the underlying problem remains – volatile sulfur compounds that rebuild on the back of the tongue.
Besides the reduction of breath odours, products containing chlorine dioxide speed healing following dental surgeries by controlling inflammation. They are also extremely beneficial for anyone with a large number of fillings, crowns, veneers or implants as they minimize general plaque and inflammation and can prolong the life of dental work.
Products containing chlorine dioxide are not available in stores, however we keep a limited supply exclusively for our patients. Alternately, you may order direct.
For more information about ordering, please contact us. We would be pleased to assist you