Bad Breath

Dragon breath, bromopnea, oral malodour, halitosis.
Regardless of what you call it,
We’ve all had it on occasion bad breath.

By Jennifer D. Foster

According to The Journal of the American Dental Association, halitosis is a common condition found in at least 50 percent of the adult population, with 25 percent of that group having chronic bad breath. And, “90 percent of bad breath is intraoral in origin, meaning it comes directly from within the mouth,” Dr. Jerry Smith, ODA President-Elect (2013-14) and a dentist in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The causes of halitosis are vast and varied. Here are the most common:

Sinuses and tonsils
Oral malodour can be caused by “materials trapped in tonsils as part of our normal defence system,” says Dr. Rick Caldwell, ODA President (2013-14) and a dentist in New Liskeard, Ont. And “if your gums and teeth are healthy and your mouth is clean, the cause could be a sign of a medical disorder such as chronic sinusitis or a respiratory tract infection,” states Dr. Smith.” Your dentist can evaluate the problem and refer you to a medical doctor, if necessary,” he says.

Click Here to Download the full article: Courtesy of the Ontario Dental Association