Bad breath can be resolved by good oral hygiene, as well as certain lifestyle habits.
If you suffer from bad breath, you will know that the issue can be embarrassing. The good news is that the condition can be resolved in many cases by improving your oral hygiene habits. Sometimes, however, bad breath may be caused by an underlying condition, in which case treatment may be necessary. Read on to find out what the cause of your bad breath might be and how you can resolve or prevent the problem…
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, often occurs when bacteria in the mouth accumulates in hard-to-reach areas, such as in between the teeth. These bacteria can usually be removed with regular brushing and flossing.
Bad breath can also be caused by certain lifestyle habits, such as drinking alcohol, eating certain foods, and taking certain medications. The issue can also be caused by a number of oral health problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease and dry mouth.
In some cases, bad breath is caused by underlying health issues. These include diabetes; liver, kidney and stomach problems; sinusitis and bronchitis.
How can bad breath be resolved?
If you are struggling with bad breath, the first thing you should do is try and improve your oral hygiene techniques. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and don’t forget to clean your tongue as well as bacteria often accumulates there. It’s also important that you floss at least once a day to remove food debris from between the teeth and along the gum line. If you suspect that your oral hygiene techniques need to be improved, chat to your dentist for tips on how to brush and floss properly.
Besides practising proper oral hygiene daily, it is also advisable to see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleans. During a professional clean, plaque and bacteria will be removed from your teeth, and any underlying issues like gum disease and decay can be treated as soon as possible.
It’s also helpful to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and especially after meals. Water helps to rinse out your mouth and dislodge leftover food particles that may be stuck between your teeth. Also, chew some sugar-free gum after meals to promote the production of saliva in your mouth, as this helps to fight odour-causing bacteria.
Your diet has an important impact on your breath, so it is important that you limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks that can increase the growth of harmful and odour-causing bacteria in your mouth. If you are concerned that your diet is causing your bad breath, there are a few foods you may choose to avoid — these include strong-smelling spices, onions and garlic; coffee; and alcohol.
What if there is an underlying condition?
If your dentist identifies an issue such as tooth decay or gum disease, which may be contributing to your bad breath, a treatment plan will be recommended for you. In the case of tooth decay, your dentist may recommend that you have a filling placed — this will help to repair your damaged tooth and improve your overall oral health.
If a non-dental health concern is causing your bad breath, your dentist will refer you to your general practitioner, who will be able to assist you with treatment options.
How can we help?
If you are suffering from bad breath, we encourage you to come in and see us. We will assess your overall oral health and formulate a treatment plan for you, depending on your particular needs. To arrange an appointment to see us, please get in touch with us here. We have practices in the Perth CBD, Bull Creek and East Perth.
Our team offers a broad range of dental services, including general, cosmetic, restorative, children’s and sedation dentistry. To see the full list of treatments that we provide, please have a look here.