Bad breath & what you can do about it

Bad Breath, Causes & Easy Home Remedies


What caused a Bad Breath

We all experiences at some point or another a bad breath. Bad breath can be caused by poor dental hygiene, food stuck between the teeth for long periods of time, type of food we had that day, such as garlic or it can be a more severe condition, known as Halitosis.

Bad breath is annoying, not sexy and can be quite embarrassing. Not to mentioned you are not the only one suffering when you have a bad breath - your family, loved ones have to put up with it as well.

Halitosis defied as a chronic bad smell in your mouth, that can't be easily solved by brushing, flossing or using a mouthwash or a mint.

What Causes Halitosis

If you tried everything and still that bad breath persist, some of the following issues may be causing it and you need to see your dentist for best advise. Let's look at some of the most common issues:

Dental Issues: When left untreated, cavities can become larger, which leaves bacteria room to grow, promoting bad breath bacteria. Gum disease can occur if you do not floss between your teeth, eventually making your gums swollen and your gum pockets deeper - this will result in trapped food sitting between your teeth, creates a perfect conditions for bad breath bacteria to feed on and grow. 

Smoking: You probably heard it countless times that you should quit smoking. Here is another reason to consider - smoking leads to teeth staining (not too bad), gum disease, such as Halitosis, lose of your teeth and among other things mouth cancer (good reason to quit).
Still not convinced? Just after two to three days of quitting you will notice a better smell not only in your mouth, but your overall sense of smell will start improving, you will also notice your food taste better. After just a week - your blood pressure lowers.  After one year of not smoking your risk of cardiovascular disease falls in half and after 5 years keeping smokes away your risks of having stomach, mouth, throat, esophageal, and lung cancers are halved.

Dry Mouth: Having constant dry mouth is not good for your teeth. Saliva is very important for your overall oral health, it helps not only with your breath, it is responsible to help break down your food while you eat, it rinses and helps removes left over food in your mouth after you ate. Saliva also contains very important disease-fighting substances to help prevent cavities and even infections. If you want to learn more about dry mouth and what to do, check out our blog Dry Mouth, Symptoms, Causes to learn more. One of the signs of Halitosis is if you don't make enough saliva in your mouth.

Mouth, Nose or Throat Infections: Sinus, mouth and throat infections can lead to postnasal drip, may lead to bad breath. Thea reason behind it is that bacteria feeds on mucus your body produces when it fights off sinus infections, sometimes leaving you smelly and stuffy. 

Other Conditions: While halitosis most of the time resolved by addressing your oral health issues, sometimes it can be caused by other conditions, such as diabetes, gastric re flux, kidney or liver diseases. If you have any of this conditions it might be causing it in combinations with medications, which can also cause dry mouth. 

Quick Solution For Bad Breath


Let look at what we can do to quickly improve that smell in your mouth. Keep in mind this will not fix your dental issues and if you have an infection in your mouth - you still need to see a dentist and breath will improve, but will not be gone until you take care of that infection, so call our office to schedule your appointment to take care of that 905-635-1100. 

Step 1: Clean tongue


Why tongue you might ask, well the answer is simple. Your tongue is very important organ that is responsible for your digestive system and is primary organ of taste in gustatory system.The upper part of the tongue contains millions of taste buds and along with saliva helps with digesting food, cleaning your mouth, and much more. It gets dirty and we never really clean it. Cleaning your tongue with toothbrush along is not enough to get rid of bad breath. 

Gently scrape your tongue downwards to remove microfilm - milky colour layer of bacteria

Gently scrape your tongue downwards to remove microfilm - milky colour layer of bacteria

Try this

Take a tea spoon, turn it upside down and in downward direction gentle scrape your tongue. The reason you want to do this before anything else is that there is a microfilm that gets build up on your tongue and the easiest way to remove it is scraping. Try it it feels good when your scrape it and then you can brush it with your toothbrush for extra clean tongue. 

Bacteria that you remove with scraping your tongue is responsible for things such as bad breath, plaque build up, gum infections, gum recessions, tooth decay, loss of teeth, periodontics problems and much more. Scrape away all those bacteria for fresh and healthy mouth.

Step 2: Floss

Food stuck between the teeth can be responsible for bad breath. You probably heard your dentist tell you that your gums bleed, because you do not floss enough (let's face it - never). Flossing is a "hidden" secret to keeping your teeth healthy much longer. Believe it or not you can prevent A Lot of future problems by flossing between your teeth regularly. When flossing between each tooth make sure you floss both sides to get a better contact. Bleeding is normal when you starting out with regular flossing, especially that first week. It gets easier and less painful each time as your gums get less sensitive to floss. Try it on the regular bases you will like it how clean it feels. 

To keep a bad breath away try flossing regularly - Keep Calm and floss ON!

Step 3: Brush Your Teeth and Tongue

Time to move to step # 3 of our quick solution for bad breath and get our mouth clean and smelling fresh. Make sure you brush at 45 degree angle and make sure you get both exterior side and interior side of your teeth as well as the top of your back teeth (molar teeth). Spend good 2 minutes on your teeth and then move on to your tongue and give it a brush as well. Make sure you brush twice a day.

Step 4: Rinse and Use Mouthwash

 Rinse your mouth with warm water and use your choice of Antiseptic Mouthwash to give it at least 30 seconds of swirling in your mouth. This will get any left over food stuck after flossing and brushing. 

You should feel pretty fresh by this point. Make sure you stay well hydrated to avoid dry mouth and make this your regular routine to keep your bad breath away.

If You wearing removable dentures, make sure you take them out each might and wash them thoroughly before wearing them again in the morning. 

Step 5: Visit Your Dentist regularly


Regular dental visits are crucial in keeping your breath fresh at all times. Preventive dentistry is not that expensive and if you have insurance - there is no excuse why you skipping your regular dental cleanings. Cleaning does not take long and regular dental check up will make sure that you never get big fillings or infections, as dentist can catch small cavities and problems before they get out of control. So, if you don't have a regular dentist and would like to schedule an appointment with us we will be happy to take care of all your dental needs, including regular cleanings. Call our office, Lakefront Family Dental, today at 905-635-1100 to schedule your appointment.