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Bad Breath

Bad Breath (Halitosis) Treatment

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Bad breath, also known as halitosis, Is a foul-smelling breath usually caused by a combination of bacteria and food breakdown in the mouth. Bacteria living in the mouth thrive on food residues after each meal, secreting volatile sulphur compounds (VSC) which smell and taste unpleasant.

  • Certain foods such as garlic and onions
  • Poor oral hygiene, dental decay or periodontal disease
  • Alcohol or cigarettes which restricts saliva flow and increase bacteria count
  • Dry mouth (sometimes related to autoimmune diseases) due to malfunctioning of salivary glands
  • Systemic illnesses and medical disorders such as diabetes, lung infections, kidney or liver failures
  • Local infections in the respiratory tract, tonsil stones, chronic sinusitis, post-nasal drip, chronic bronchitis, gastrointestinal disturbance or reflux

3 Steps to fresher breath:

Step 1: 

  • Remove the plaque from the toothbrush and interdental cleaners, such as floss or interdental brushes
  • Invest in a tongue scraper that removes bacteria on your tongue

Step 2: 

  • Increase saliva flow using sugar-free gums or dry mouth products such as Biotene
  • Drink plenty of water during the day
  • Limit coffee, alcohol intake and smoking

Step 3:

  • See your dentist regularly for check up and cleans
  • Consider smoking or tobacco cessation
  • Reduce foods that can cause more odor to the mouth and increase the consumption of green vegetables and fruit
  • Seek medical help to exclude respiratory and digestive systems problems

Halitosis may signify underlying dental problems which are often undiagnosed. Consult your dentist to rule out dental deterioration or periodontal disorders to better protect your dentition in the long term. Occasionally halitosis is the only oral symptom of a more serious medical disorder; prompt medical attention is therefore highly recommended.

Halitosis also presents a social problem for many people. Some people are scared of their own breath all the time, and as a result they are afraid to get close to their loved ones. For the sake of you and your loved ones, book in your dental appointment today!

Bad Breath Treatment at Elwood Family Dentist Practice

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