Halitosis, commonly called bad breath, can result from poor oral hygiene habits or may be a sign of an overall health threat.
And it’s hard to say which is worse—knowing you have bad breath, or having bad breath and not knowing it.
And that is surprisingly possible, as sufferers of bad breath most often cannot smell it themselves!
Unfortunately, bad breath can harm your social life, intimate relationships, and self-esteem.
At Preston Supreme Dental, we can help you determine if you have bad breath and if you do, what is causing it and how you can conquer it.
Causes Of Bad Breath
There are many causes of bad breath. Here are some of the most common.
Tobacco products. Smoking causes its own unpleasant mouth odour. Smokers and oral tobacco users are also more likely to have gum disease, another source of bad breath.
Poor oral hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss daily and well, food remains in your mouth, leading to bad breath as a transparent, sticky film of bacteria (plaque) forms on your teeth.
Your tongue can also catch odour-causing bacteria. Dentures that aren’t cleaned properly or don’t fit snugly can also trap odour-causing bacteria and food particles.
Dry mouth. Dry mouth occurs if you haven’t been drinking enough water or have been sleeping or travelling, or any other case in which your body slows down saliva production.
Strenuous workouts can also cause dry mouth, as can breathing through your mouth, and some diseases and medications.
Poor diet. The simplest case is garlic or onion breath, or the odour of a smoker. Also, fasting or crash dieting can cause bad breath as the body breaks down fat and releases ketones, which can be smelled.
Digestive Issues. Digestive issues can cause bad breath. Acid reflux allows food odours to make their way back up the oesophagus and out the mouth, creating bad breath.
Prescription Medication. Many prescription medications come with the side effect of dry mouth. If you suffer from dry mouth, check your medication side effects.
Other Causes. Bad breath might be a sign of other diseases. Postnasal drip, respiratory and tonsil infections, sinus issues, liver and kidney ailments, diabetes, as well as blood disorders, can cause bad breath. In some cases, bad breath can be a sign of cancer or other serious conditions.
Prevention Of Bad Breath
Begin preventing bad breath at home. To keep your breath fresh, you need to eliminate gum disease and keep your mouth clean and fresh. Brush your teeth and gums before bed and at least one other time during the day.
It’s important to brush your tongue as well, or use a tongue scraper. Floss or use ‘interdental’ brushes at least once a day. Chew sugar-free gum – it helps your mouth produce saliva and stops the “dry mouth” that can lead to bad breath.
Bad Breath Treatment At Preston Supreme Dental
If dental issues cause your mouth odour, and it does in most cases, your Preston dentist can start to treat the cause of the problem with cleaning or scraping.
If bad breath is related to gum disease, that condition can be addressed in our office. If you have an extensive build-up of plaque, an invisible layer of bacteria, we may recommend using a special antimicrobial mouth rinse.
Once your bad breath has been controlled, we will recommend a regular schedule of visits to our office for routine check-ups and cleans. In this way, you can ensure that bad breath does not return!
Call (03) 9478 7708 or visit us at 243 Murray Road in Preston today!
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for NIB, CBHS and HCF
We are located across Woolworths Supermarket and beside Preston Market
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)