Bad Breath

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

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 breath. Smoking causes gum disease and dry mouth which are leading causes in odour.

Last but not least, those regular checkups with your Local dentist in Melbourne CBD every six months for a scale and clean 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 bad breath or feel like you’ve tried everything speak to your dentist and they will put you on the right path.   

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