If you suffer from bad breath, you’ll know that it can be an ongoing issue.
Also known as halitosis, the condition is often caused by a build-up of bacteria in the mouth. When bacteria builds up in the mouth, it often develops into a sulphurous acidic solution that causes a bad smell. Other factors like underlying health problems, certain medications, and strong-smelling foods can also cause an unpleasant odour.
Here’s what you can do to eliminate and prevent bad breath …
1. Take care of your oral hygiene
The best way to keep your breath smelling fresh and clean is to practice good oral hygiene habits. Bacteria in the mouth feed on debris that builds up between your teeth, causing an unpleasant odour. For this reason, it’s important to get rid of food particles in the mouth by brushing and flossing twice a day. Don’t forget to clean your tongue as well, and consider using an anti-bacterial mouthwash. Sticking to a healthy routine will go a long way in keeping your overall oral health in good shape, and reducing bad breath. If your bad breath persists despite sticking to good oral hygiene habits, it’s important that you come in and see us so that we can determine the cause of the condition.
2. Stop smoking
Smoking can lead to a range of oral health problems, including discoloured teeth and bad breath. The habit can even cause loss of bone within the jaw, an increased build-up of plaque and tartar, and a high risk of gum disease. We recommend that you try to stop smoking for the sake of your oral health, as well as your overall wellness.
3. Eat a balanced diet
A healthy, balanced diet is an important factor when it comes to staying generally healthy, but your dietary choices can also have an impact on your oral health. If you suffer from short-term, instead of chronic bad breath, you may find it helpful to avoid foods like garlic, onions, some spices, coffee, carbonated drinks and alcohol. All of these foods and drinks can cause temporary bad breath.
Eating too many foods that are high in sugar and starch can also lead to increased bacteria and plaque, which are contributors to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
4. Stay hydrated
Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and especially after meals to rinse your mouth and dislodge any food particles that have become stuck in between your teeth. Staying hydrated will also help you avoid a dry mouth and wash away odour-causing bacteria.
5. Chew gum
Chewing gum is a helpful way of ensuring that you produce enough saliva to fight against bacteria in the mouth. Opt for a sugar-free gum, and chew it after meals to increase saliva production, wash away leftover food particles, and neutralise acid in the mouth.
6. Come in for regular check-ups
We highly recommend that you come in for regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleaning. This will allow us to remove any plaque that has built up on your teeth, and ensure that your teeth stay healthy and clean. By having a check-up every 6 months, you can also avoid serious oral health issues in the future, as we can pick up on any problems early and recommend relevant treatments before complications arise. At your regular check-up, we’ll also discuss your brushing and flossing techniques and help you identify any areas you may be missing in your current routine.
If you suffer from bad breath, come in and see us so that we can help you manage the problem. We’ll perform a thorough examination and prescribe the best course of action based on your needs. We offer a number of treatment options and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the issue. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, so we customise each treatment to suit your oral health needs.
Get in touch with us to arrange a consultation. We have 3 practices located in Perth — Perth CBD, Bull Creek, and East Perth. To find the practice most conveniently located for you, have a look here. All of our dentists are dedicated to providing high-quality treatment and exceptional care.