Bad Breath – Causes and tips for controlling it
Bad breath – have ever experience this embarrassing moments? Is there anything we can do to keep breath odour at bay? Knowing the causes or triggers of bad breath can help reduce the risk or eliminate it.
The medical term for this condition is halitosis. Here at our Donvale dental clinic, we understand that bad breath may be caused by a wide range of reasons from something as simple as poor oral hygiene to something as severe as respiratory infection or chronic bronchitis. The majority of cases of bad breath come from the mouth and in some cases from the gut or digestive system.
We take particular care to find out the reasons behind all your oral health conditions, finding the root cause of your problems, rather than just focusing on the symptoms. This is why we are dedicated to achieving optimum health of your oral health system.
Causes of bad breath
Eating certain food such as garlic or onion can cause a strong odour which cannot be completely removed until they leave the body normally between 24 to 72 hours. This is called transitory halitosis. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is very important to keep away bad breath as food particles left in the mouth can increase the growth of bacteria. Dentures also need to be cleaned properly. Smoking is another bad habit that can lead to bad mouth odour. Bad odour may merely be a symptom of another disease. For instance, if you have a gum disease this may manifest in a noticeable way as bad breath. There may be other symptoms such as bleeding of gums or inflammation of gums. Oral thrush or yeast infection of mouth can cause complications in people with low immunity. Bad breath may be a sign pointing to the fact that you need to seek treatment immediately. Conditions such as acid reflux, kidney problems and bronchitis can also cause unpleasant oral odour.
Stopping bad breath
Brushing twice a day using a toothpaste with fluoride content is the first step to keeping a good hygiene routine. Remember to brush your tongue as well. Plaque, the bacterial film that occurs naturally can give off an odour that affects your breath. Floss once a day and it can also help if you use an antibacterial mouthwash (some dentist recommends warm salt water). Our dentists in Donvale / Mitcham Medical and Dental Centre, encourage you to have a periodic checkup with a dentist at least once in six months. You can also get a professional cleaning during this check-up. Avoid tobacco products such as cigarettes. Keeping your mouth moist can significantly improve your oral health. To keep away bad breath, drink plenty of water. Mints or gums containing xylitol can help keep the number of bacteria low. Just as some food can cause bad odour, some medication can also give you bad breath. During a checkup, your dentist at the Donvale Clinic can always help you identify such medicines. As long as the cause of the odour is in your mouth, Holistic Dental is a great place to get your bad breath under control.
For more information on for bad breath and other oral condition, call Holistic Dental Donvale on 98426572 now.