Bad Breath

Bad breath, also called halitosis, is a common condition which can be embarrassing and affect your self confidence.

Gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, dry mouth and bacteria on the tongue are some of the dental problems that can cause bad breath.

Using mouthwash to cover up bad breath when a dental problem is present will only mask the odor and not cure it. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, a dental consultation is recommended to rule out any of these problems


Gum Disease

There are two major stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Regular dental check-ups along with brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily play an important role in preventing gum disease.

Bleeding gums and halitosis are the most common and simplest indicator of gum disease. Often gum disease does not elicit any pain and can go undetected for long periods of time.

As it progress, the chronic inflammation in the gums can cause breakdown of the structures that support the teeth leading to loose teeth.

If diagnosed early, gum disease is a treatable condition. Regular hygiene and maintenance appointments are recommended to prevent both forms of gum disease.

Caries (Cavities)

Dental caries or tooth decay is a very common disease and can also be prevented. Tooth decay occurs when plaque, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and/or starches of the food we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel.

Early stages of decay do not cause pain, teeth can become sensitive as the decay  progresses deeper into the tooth and ultimately, if left untreated for a long period of time, affects the nerve of the tooth leading to tooth ache.


The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and going to your regular dental check ups. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also ways to prevent decay.


Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects millions of people. Basically, tooth sensitivitymeans experiencing pain or discomfort to your teeth from sweets, cold air, hot drinks, cold drinks or ice cream.

Some people with sensitive teeth even experience discomfort from brushing and flossing. The good news is that sensitive teeth can be treated using sensitive toothpastes and flouride varnishes.

Sometimes teeth become sensitive when the roots of the teeth are exposed secondary to gum recession, other times a sensitive tooth may indicate a cavity or early signs of nerve inflammation. A dental check up is required to correctly diagnose the source of the sensitivity.