Bad Breath Treatment

Bad breath is also known as halitosis or oral malodor.

What are the causes of bad breath?

Most of the time, bad breath is caused by issues within the mouth.

These will result from bacterial accumulation in the mouth resulting from

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Gum inflammation
  • Periodontal inflammation
  • Inflammation of the soft tissues surrounding the crown of a partially erupted tooth (Pericoronitis)
  • Infected extraction sockets
  • Debris under bridges or appliances
  • Debris over the tongue
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Dry mouth

Other causes include

  • Consumption of pungent foods that cause volatile sulfur compounds – e.g., onion, garlic.
  • Smoking, consumption of alcohol
  • Other cases of bad breath could arise from disorders of the nose, sinuses, tonsils, throat, esophagus, stomach, and lungs
  • Bad breath can be due to an underlying medical condition such as liver failure or renal failure

How is bad breath treated?

Thorough clinical history and examination are required to determine the underlying cause of bad breath.

Sulfide monitor devices such as halimeter and OralChroma are used to calculate the levels of sulfur in the breath.

Removal of any intraoral causes of bad breath.

Avoidance of smoking, alcohol and food stuffs that cause bad breath.

A multidisciplinary approach is often needed to manage underlying medical conditions that cause bad breath.

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Surrey Office

Phone: (604) 498-0100

Phone: (604) 498-0100

Fax: (604) 498-0244


Address: 9655 King George Blvd. Unit # 170 Surrey, B.C. V3T 0C7

The clinic is located just across Surrey Memorial Hospital on King George Blvd. and 96th Avenue.

Vancouver Office

Phone: (604) 336-7411

Phone: (604) 336-7411

Fax: (604) 336-7412


Address: 1217 Kingsway Vancouver BC V5V 3E2

Nanaimo Office

Phone: 250-586-9995

Phone: 250-586-9995

Fax: 604-498-0244


Victoria Office

Phone: 250-590-5932

Phone: 250-590-5932

Fax: 604-336-7412