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When problems arise with your mouth and teeth, it’s important that you get to your Ottawa dentist for a checkup. If you’re suffering from the daily strife caused by sensitive teeth or you notice you may have bad breath, your Ottawa dentist will be able to help.

Halitosis (Bad Breath)- No matter who you are, you probably agree that bad breath is a real turn-off. Not only is it unpleasant, it’s also a sign that your mouth is unhealthy. There are a few reasons that bad breath can be caused including poor oral hygiene (not flossing or brushing daily), bad eating habits (or just eating foods such as onions or garlic) and unhealthy lifestyle habits (smoking).

When you eat, the food is first broken down and is then absorbed into your bloodstream. It is then taken to your lungs and given off in your breath which can cause the halitosis. Visit your Ottawa dentist in order to determine what the source of your particular problems are. 
Some illnesses like bronchitis, pneumonia, diabetes, acid reflux and liver or kidney problems can actually cause bad breath also.

Gum Disease- Food particles can also get trapped between your teeth and gums where they thrive. The buildup of plaque then starts which causes toxins that irritate the gums. If this is left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease which affects the gums and the jawbone. This is very serious and regular checkups with your Ottawa dentist will help prevent this as much as possible.

Gingivitis- This is a lower form of periodontal disease and it’s caused by bacteria which inflames the gums. The bacteria invades the soft gum tissue (and bone) and thrives off the warm, moist environment that our mouths provide. Some symptoms are that of swelling, redness and especially bleeding of the gums. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, get to your Ottawa dentistimmediately in order to stop the problem from becoming more severe.

Dry Mouth- If you suffer from dry mouth, you probably have salivary gland problems or even your continuous bad breath could be causing it. You need saliva in order to cleanse the mouth by washing away dead cells and to also neutralize acids produced by plaque.

Sensitive Teeth- This is an extremely common problem and a very unpleasant one at that. Having sensitive teeth can affect numerous parts of your life including trying to enjoy certain types of food and drink to just getting by in your everyday tasks. Sensitive teeth can range from a small twinge on the contact of hot/cold or can become severe discomfort for hours on end. Women are actually more prone to this then men but it can affect people of any age. If you’re experiencing prolonged symptoms you should definitely contact your Ottawa dentist as sensitive teeth can be the start of something more serious taking place in your mouth.

As with all these symptoms there is preventative maintenance that can be done to ensure your mouth stays as healthy as possible. Contact your Ottawa dentist if you’re experiencing any discomfort or you have any further enquiries.


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