Bad Breath

Oct 06, 2018, by Minoo - 0 Comment

All about bad breath

If you have ever been told that you have bad breath, you know that it can be quite a shock to the system. When you hear that you have bad breath, it can cause more than a few problems. First, it can be embarrassing to be around people. No one wants to hear that they have bad breath or to have to tell people that they have bad breath. You might think it is little things that are bothering you. But, sometimes, it is the little things that can ruin your life.

Bad breath is a very common problem. It is embarrassing and can make you feel very uncomfortable. Bad breath is the common term for Halitosis, which is the medical term for bad breath. Bad breath is a result of the bacteria that live on your tongue and in your mouth. When you have Halitosis, the bacteria cause a bad smell or breath.

What causes bad breath?

We are all afraid of having it and will do anything to get rid of it including chewing gum 24/7. So lets take a closer look at this topic and find out  why we get this and how to get rid of it.

When we think of bad breath we tell ourselves maybe it was what we just ate, or maybe we did a naughty and didn’t floss last night and you are correct. There are a number of things that contribute to this. Halitosis is the medical term used for bad breath.

Contributing factors that can lead to bad breath include:

  • Food -  It’s all the tasty delicious food that we like and is good for our health that contributes to odour. This includes onion, garlic, cheese fish etc.
  • Mouth Infections such as gum disease and cavities
  • Poor Oral hygiene – lack of flossing and brushing your teeth and tongue twice daily can leave food particles in between teeth causing an odour. This can also lead to a build up of plaque which can also give off an odour
  • Smoking
  • Dry mouth – This is when your mouth produces less saliva than usual. Saliva is what keeps the mouth clean so this is similar to morning breath as when you go to sleep the body stops producing saliva. Dry mouth can be caused by so many reasons , one of the mouth breathing.
  • Throat and Sinus Infections
  • Allergies especially with some medications such as antihistamines can cause dry mouth

bad breath.How can you avoid it?

There are a number of things you can do to get rid of bad breath. The most obvious one is practicing good oral hygiene. This means regularly flossing and brushing your teeth twice daily (2 minutes at a time) and using mouth wash and don’t forget to use a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from your tongue.

During the day chewing on sugar free gum is a fantastic option especially if you’ve had a smelly lunch at work. It also tricks the body into thinking that its eating food and boosts saliva.

Staying hydrated is so important. It promotes saliva production which keeps your mouth clean. This is why even though we love alcohol and coffee these drinks actually slow down the production of saliva causing bad breath.

We know this is a hard habit to kick but quitting smoking will also get rid of bad smelly breath. Smoking causes gum disease and dry mouth which are leading causes in odour.

Mouth breathing


Stop mouth-breathing, the unhealthy habit!

Well , all of us do breathing without thinking about how to do it. However, there are many unhealthy ways that people use for breathing which are surprising!

Breathing with your mouth instead of your nose causes lots of health and hygienic issues. It’s essential to have a healthy breathing habit from early years of life. Because your mouth health is important for us, we are going to inform you from mouth breathing effects on children and how this habit can be changed.

Why is mouth-breathing a bad habit for kids?

Mouth-breathing can lead to many short-term problems for children which can be related to low quality of sleeping from consuming poor amount of oxygen when your children use their mouth for breathing. If your child has one of these following signs, it may be because of mouth-breathing.

  • Impaired speech: It’s harder for a child to say the certain sounds when the mouth is always open.
  • Halitosis (constant bad breathing): Dry mouth is a result from an open mouth, this shows there isn’t enough saliva to clean out the germs from the mouth.
  • Tooth decay: Other important signs of a dry mouth are tooth cavities and decays.
  • Impatience, apathy and negligence: Bad sleep is a product of less consuming of oxygen which makes it harder for your child to pay attention in school and be as much as active and happy that they can be normally.

Negative effects still follow past childhood

But these aren’t the end of the problems because they are not limited to the childhood. There are some threats for the grown up adults as you can see in below:

  • Longer Orthodontic Treatment: Braces will take an extended time and thus there will be higher chance of shifting back of the teeth to the position before starting the treatment.
  • Changed Facial Structure: Mouth-breathing can also lead to different development of bones in the face which causes flatter features, flabby eyes, narrow jaw and a smaller chin.
  • Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder which makes it difficult to get a peaceful sleep at nights and may be one the results of mouth-breathing.

Mouth-breathing can also potentially causes other general health problems such as TMJ:

So why keep doing it when it’s so unhealthy?

Many different factors result the mouth-breathing as a habit. In some cases for kids, it’s just a habit and parents can persuade their children to avoid it and breathe from their noises. However, for others it can be a result of a different condition. Getting use to a wrong bite which makes it harder to keep close the mouth, clog up the nose due to allergies and large tonsils that block the airway are the examples of the factors which make it more complex to solve the mouth-breathing problem.

Don’t worry! We can help your child to breathe healthy for life.

Mostly, it’s not easy to stop your child from the mouth-breathing habit with just telling them to stop doing it. It’s the time for treatment to stop using mouth for breathing when this habit is due to one of the mentioned problems in listed above. For better information about the cause of the mouth-breathing and find a better way to a healthier breathing, Schedule an appointment with our Melbourne Dentists us!

Your Gorgeous Smile is our goal!

Last but not least, those regular checkups with your Local dentist in Melbourne CBD every six months for a Teeth cleaning will definitely help reduce bad breath as they remove a lot of the bacteria and plaque build up that we cant do even if we do practice good oral hygiene.

If you’re concerned about it or feel like you’ve tried everything speak to your dentist and they will put you on the right path.  To get more information about Oral health and general dentistry please visit our video library.

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