Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is the result of poor oral hygiene habits and can be a sign of an overall health problem.
At Dr Sachdeva’s dental clinic, we can help diagnose your bad breath and provide fast and practical treatment solutions.
Causes of Bad Breath
One of the leading causes of bad breath is the food you eat (garlic and/or onion). Anything you eat can greatly affect the smell your mouth releases.
Fasting can also cause bad breath as the body breaks down fat and releases ketones, which can smell foul.
Poor oral hygiene
If you don’t brush and floss your teeth well, food particles will be stuck between the teeth and under the gumline, developing bacteria that cause plaque build-up. Your tongue can also be habitat to odour-causing bacteria.
Loose and dirty dentures can also trap odour-causing bacteria and food debris.
Dry mouth is developed when the saliva production slows down. This can happen if you don’t drink plenty of water or if you have been sleeping for a long time.
Intense workouts, breathing through the mouth, and certain diseases and medicines can also help develop dry mouth.
Smoking or using tobacco products causes bad breath. It harms your teeth and mouth, causing conditions like tooth decay, bad breath, gum problems, and worse, oral cancer.
Bad breath might be a symptom of other health problems. A person who has bad breath may not be suffering from bad breath alone.
Treatment for Bad Breath
To reduce bad breath, have a regular hygiene routine. Treatment for bad breath depends on the cause and severity.
If your bad breath is caused by an underlying health condition, your Wantirna South dentist may refer you to your primary care provider.
For causes linked to oral health, your Wantirna South dentist will work with you to help you better control your bad breath.
Dental solutions may include:
Mouthwash and toothpaste. Your Wantirna South dentist may recommend an antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste to eliminate the causes of plaque build-up.
Treatment of dental disease. If you have any gum disease, see a periodontist. Gum diseases can cause gums to recede, leaving deep pockets that fill with odour-causing bacteria. Sometimes only professional cleaning removes these bacteria.
Your Wantirna South dentist might also recommend replacing your restorations since they become breeding grounds for bacteria.
Bad Breath Prevention
Start preventing bad breath in the comforts of your home. Here are a few steps to prevent bad breath:
- Keep your mouth clean ALWAYS. Brush your teeth and gums thoroughly before bed and at least another time during the day. Do not forget to brush your tongue, too. Bacteria also thrive on the tongue if it is not cleaned well.
- Floss your teeth once daily to remove the food particles stuck between your teeth.
- Chew a sugar-free gum. It helps your mouth produce saliva and stops dry mouth that can lead to bad breath.
Bad Breath Treatment in Wantirna South
If there are dental issues that cause your mouth odour, and this is true in most cases, your Wantirna South dentist can start to treat the cause of the problem with cleaning or scraping.
To know more about our bad breath treatments, ask your Wantirna South dentist.
Call us at (03) 9800 2338. We are located at 87 Stud Road in Wantirna South.