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Halitosis, or bad breath, is a common and embarrassing dental problem. Most of us can sense if a person we’re talking to has bad breath, but not everyone can notice if they have it themselves, until a close friend or relative makes a an embarrassing comment.
Rinsing with mouthwash and chewing a sugarless mint gum can temporarily reduce bad breath. However, if the unpleasant odour in your mouth becomes recurrent, see your dentist for a permanent and effective solution.
Bad breath can be a sign of a health problem, not just poor dental habits. If you are worried about the smell of your breath, our dentists at Smiles First Dental can help. We can identify what causes your bad breath and how to make your breath fresh again.
Most Common Causes of Bad Breath
Bad breath can be caused by many different things, ranging from foods to medical conditions:
- Certain foods and spices such as onions and garlic
- Foods that remain on your teeth
- Alcoholic beverages
- Untreated dental problems such as tooth decay, abscess, or gum disease
- Dry mouth
- Respiratory infections
Reducing Bad Breath
Keep a healthy, clean mouth – bad breath is primarily caused by poor dental habits. Not brushing and flossing properly causes bacteria and food debris to remain in your mouth and the result is an unpleasant odour. Be sure to properly clean your teeth, gums, and tongue as bacteria are found in these places. Good dental care is your best defence against bad breath.
Scrape your tongue – the tongue is home to millions of bacteria and food particles. To effectively remove them, brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper, and rinse your mouth thoroughly.
Eat healthy – eat crunchy and fibre-rich fruits and vegetables such as apples, celery, and carrots to clean your teeth and tongue of food particles and plaque build-up. Other foods that help combat bad breath include probiotics such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut.
Dental treatments may be necessary if your bad breath is caused by tooth decay, gum disease, or dry mouth. However, if bad breath is caused by a medical condition, your dentist will refer you to your physician.
It’s a no-brainer that’s visiting your dentist and maintaining good dental care habits are the best way to combat bad breath and other dental issues. At Smiles First Dental, we recommend visiting your dentist and dental hygienist every six months to keep your mouth free from odour and bacteria.
GAP FREE Check-up, Scale, and Clean in Northmead
Untreated or long-standing dental disease can lead to decay, dental infections, pain, discolouration, and bad breath. For this reason, all our preventative treatments will remain gap free for all health funds or $180 for patients not in a private health fund.