Bad breath, or halitosis, is primarily caused by the build-up of bacteria in the mouth, which produces a foul smell. Fortunately, once you have identified what causes bad breath, you can begin relevant treatment.
Chronic bad breath is a serious issue. It is not only unpleasant in interpersonal contact, but it can also be an underlying cause of a serious oral care issue.
If you are noticing that regardless of regular oral hygiene, you are still experiencing bad breath, inform your dentist and they will recommend an appropriate treatment.
Common Causes of Bad Breath:
- Dry mouth: stress, breathing through your mouth, certain medications, and smoking.
- Diet: certain foods are notorious for causing bad breath, such as onion and garlic.
- Morning breath: food particle bacteria multiply while you sleep.
- Plaque build-up: bacteria uses leftover food particles and saliva to grow.
How to prevent bad breath?
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. The amount of water you will need to consume daily will vary based on your physical build and activity level.
- Chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva flow. Eating mints are a temporary prevention, but less recommended as they can leave sugary residue behind.
- Consult a dental or medical professional regarding chronic bad breath, as it may be a symptom of a more serious condition.
- Learn which foods may cause bad breath.
- Consider limiting behaviours that can cause bad breath, including drinking alcohol or smoking.
How to cure bad breath?
- Brush your teeth for at least two minutes a day to eliminate plaque bacteria. Ensure you follow up with good tongue brushing, pay attention to the back of your tongue, where most odour causing bacteria is found.
- Floss to assist in removing food particles.
- Finish your routine with a mouthwash that attacks bad breath germs to keep your mouth fresh.
- Drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated, limit caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, as well as acidic and sugary juices.
- To minimise morning breath, brush twice a day, floss regularly, and use a mouthwash that kills bad breath germs.
For further information about curing bad breath, contact your trusted local Glebe dentist, Soothing Care Dental on 02 8331 6699., and one of our expert dentists will be able to assist you.