Whether you are dealing with your first case of bad breath or have been suffering from halitosis for years, it’s important to understand your options for treatment. Getting your odour under control can improve your quality of life and restore your confidence.
Symptoms of halitosis are unpleasant, and they can have a serious impact on your health and personal life. It can affect your self-esteem, cause anxiety when socialising, and have an effect on your personal and professional relationships.
At Access Dental, we can help you identify a halitosis-causing condition and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.
The first step to overcoming halitosis is to determine the underlying cause. It may be an oral health issue, such as gum disease, or it may be linked to a problem in another part of your body. Let’s look at some common causes of bad breath.
Saliva helps cleanse the mouth of food particles and bacteria, as well as protect the membranes in the mouth. It also allows the body to replace membranes in the nose and throat. Without saliva, bacteria can build up in the mouth and cause infections.
Xerostomia, also known as “dry mouth,” is a condition that causes bad breath. People with dry mouths are usually diagnosed by their dentists. Some conditions that cause dry mouth are gum disease, problems with the salivary glands, and taking prescription medications.
Some people who have chronic halitosis may have other diseases. If our dental team can’t pinpoint a cause for your halitosis, your primary care physician can evaluate you for other conditions.
Bad Oral Hygiene
This is the number one cause of bad breath. Numerous dental conditions can cause halitosis, including cavities and gum disease, both of which are caused by bad oral hygiene. If we suspect that you have gum disease, we may recommend a dental cleaning. You may also need to undergo periodontal procedures to treat your gum condition.
If your halitosis is due to gum disease, you may need to see a periodontist. They specialise in treating gum disease. This will reduce your risk of needing a root canal or extraction.
Diabetic? Keep An Eye Out For Ketoacidosis
Diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA, is a potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes. Symptoms include bad breath (with a smell similar to acetone), frequent urination, extreme thirst, and high blood sugar. It is important to seek treatment as soon as you notice any of these symptoms. The longer you wait, the more severe your condition may become.
During ketosis, your body breaks down fat instead of glucose, resulting in a byproduct called ketones. These ketones have an odour that is similar to acetone. If you notice a smell similar to acetone emanating from you or a loved one, see your doctor immediately.
Remedying Bad Breath
Various factors contribute to the development of halitosis. It may be caused by a combination of bacteria, which may proliferate on the tongue, and periodontal diseases, which may lead to the accumulation of plaque and gum irritation. Luckily, in most cases, improving your oral hygiene will greatly reduce bad breath.
Brushing your teeth is a good first step. This will help remove bacteria from your mouth and prevent gum disease. You may also want to consider using a tongue scraper to remove dead cells and bacteria.
Flossing is another very important step in your dental care routine. This will eliminate bacteria and odour-causing food particles between your teeth. Additionally, it reduces the risk of cavities developing due to rotting food meeting the teeth. We also suggest rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash to freshen up your breath.
Aside from flossing, you can also consider drinking a glass of tea every day. Green tea contains natural antibacterial compounds that can help reduce your risk of developing oral infections.
How Can We Help?
While there are many reasons why you may develop bad breath, the most common culprit is bad dental care. We suggest scheduling an appointment with us for a full, deep clean of your teeth, in addition to a comprehensive check-up to look for signs of decay or gum disease. If your halitosis is caused by bacteria, we can prescribe an appropriate treatment plan. It may include brushing your tongue, flossing, and using mouthwash. It can also involve a periodontal procedure to treat gum disease.
To schedule an appointment or consultation, please call (08) 9485 0600 or get in touch here.