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Bad Breath Treatment (Halitosis)

couple brushing togetherBad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by various factors including poor oral hygiene, bacteria on the tongue or between teeth, gum disease, dry mouth, certain foods, tobacco use, and underlying medical conditions. Identifying the cause is important in determining the appropriate treatment.

Tips to Keep Halitosis Away

To prevent bad breath, maintain good oral hygiene practices. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, cleaning your tongue, and using antibacterial mouthwash. Here are some other tips:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Chew sugarless gum or mints
  • Avoid strong-smelling foods
However, it’s important to note that these remedies may provide temporary relief, and it is advisable to consult a dentist if halitosis persists.

Foods That Can Cause Halitosis

Certain foods like onions, garlic, and strong spices can contribute to temporary bad breath. These odors are typically eliminated after the food is digested and eliminated from the body. However, practicing good oral hygiene can help minimise the impact of food-related bad breath.

How Does Gum Disease Contribute to This Condition?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a common cause of chronic halitosis. The bacteria associated with gum disease release toxins that can produce an unpleasant odor. Treating gum disease through professional dental cleanings, improved oral hygiene, and addressing underlying issues is crucial in combating bad breath.

The Impact of Dry Mouth

Dry mouth (xerostomia) can also contribute to bad breath. Saliva helps cleanse the mouth by washing away food particles and bacteria. When there is insufficient saliva production, the mouth becomes dry, creating an environment where bacteria thrive, leading to bad breath. Treating the underlying cause of dry mouth can help alleviate the issue.

Medical Conditions That Cause Halitosis

Certain medical conditions like respiratory infections, sinusitis, acid reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney problems, and some medications can contribute to bad breath. If you have concerns about persistent halitosis, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or dentist to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

The Importance of Seeing a Dentist

Dentists can determine the underlying cause of bad breath through a comprehensive examination of your oral health. They will assess your teeth, gums, tongue, and overall oral hygiene to identify any issues that may be contributing to the bad breath and create a treatment plan.

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Bad Breath (Halitosis) Brisbane CBD, QLD | (07) 3229 4121