Most of us have had bad breath some time or another. Whether it’s barely noticeable or strong enough to turn people off, bad breath can spoil your self-confidence and cause embarrassment.
Although periodontal disease (gum disease) is associated with halitosis, there are numerous other causes such as, by far the most common cause is the presence of bacteria on the teeth and tongue that can produce unpleasant and very toxic chemicals. These components of halitosis are primarily hydrogen sulfide (a rotten egg smell) and methyl mercaptan (a fecal or metallic odor) as well as dimethyl sulfide (the smell of rotting cabbage). Collectively they are called volatile Sulphur compounds or VSCs. The offensive odors of VSCs indicate the presence of an oral infection.
Bacteria break down organic matter and extract nutrients for nourishment. This process causes the organic matter to rot or decay. The organic matter in the mouth happens to be living mouth tissues (you!), dead cells, and proteins found in saliva. The resulting VSCs in the oral cavity contribute to tissue destruction. Methyl mercaptan, one of the toxic compounds produced by oral bacteria, can penetrate into deeper tissues. This chemical also decreases wound healing and is often responsible for the bad taste you may experience. Hydrogen sulfide is another highly toxic gas that affects both the respiratory and nervous systems, as well as deadening the sense of smell.
Research shows that 75% of the population suffers from some form of periodontal disease, and about 50% from halitosis or a bad taste problem. Both are evidence of an oral infection. So it's no surprise that millions of dollars are spent annually in Canada on over-the-counter rinses and breath products that only briefly mask odors without eliminating the underlying infection – oral bacteria that are persistent, resistant and resilient.
Other Causes are health challenges such as diabetes, kidney failure, sinusitis, allergies, postnasal drip, hiatus hernia, alcohol, prescription drugs (dry mouth), hormonal changes, and stress and often overlooked in many diagnoses is mineral imbalances which result in the acid saliva of the oral environment resulting in bacterial overgrowth.
To assess and treat your oral health challenge, we provide the following:
- Evaluation of your dental and health history
- Saliva pH mineral screening
- Examination of your mouth and throat to determine if inflammation is contributing to bad breath
- Dietary assessment and counselling
- Natural pH balancing tooth powder
- Lab mineral test interpretation for mineral status
- Dental gum pocket deep scaling
- Gum pocket irrigation and laser assisted therapy
- Individualized assessment of follow up over six weeks period
- Ongoing follow up support by expert clinician
- According to survey done by Oral B by Maritz research, 44 % of Canadians cite bad breath as the “most offensive problem in the workplace”-and one in 1o stated that they would actually compromise their job by missing meeting in order to avoid speaking to colleagues with bad breath.
- We are here to help you overcome bad breath and enhance overall health.