What Causes Bad Breath?
We all suffer from bad breath at one time or another, but for some, it does not go away despite our best efforts. It can be embarrassing and socially isolating and the worst thing is we don’t realise we have it until we are told.
Bad breath is also known as halitosis. There are two types of halitosis: transitory and chronic. Transitory halitosis is caused by foods such as onions or garlic, but will often disappear following brushing, eating, drinking, flossing or rinsing. Chronic halitosis does not improve with time and returns even after brushing or mouth rinsing.It is caused by bacterial overgrowth in the mouth especially on the teeth, gums and tongue.
Chronic halitosis may be a symptom of larger dental issues such as tooth decay or gum decay. If you think that you suffer from bad breath, we will determine its source and give you treatment options to fix these underlying issues and have your breath smelling pleasant again.
Bad Breath Treatment in Melbourne
If you are not sure whether your bad breath is transient or chronic, try a few changes listed below to see if it makes a difference.
– Regular, consistent cleaning of teeth, gums and tongue. This includes, tooth brushing, flossing and tongue scraping to remove bacteria
– Stop smoking
– Drink plenty of water
– Visit your East Melbourne dentist for a checkup
– Avoid foods / drinks that contribute towards decay
– Your dentist will advise if a mouthwash is recommended.
Very rarely, bad breath can be related to broader health issues. If you are concerned about your own or your partner’s breath, speak to us so that we can put you on the road to fresh breath.