Dental Matters, your Adelaide dentist, can help freshen your smile and breath.

Halitosis is a condition of having offensive smelling breath which can cause psychological distress. It affects 25% of people globally. There are a number of potential causes, though the most common cause is due to oral hygiene.

 

Common causes of bad breath:

  • Odour causing foods like garlic, onions
  • Smoking and alcohol
  • Dry mouth – allows build up of odours due to lack of saliva
  • Decay/cavity on tooth
  • Dental infection/abscesses
  • Plaque and calculus on teeth causing Gum disease
  • Uncleaned tongue
  • Food stuck between teeth
  • Oral cancer
  • Respiratory tract infection
  • Lung, Liver, Gastrointestinal disease
  • Chronic tonsillitis
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Endocrine disease
  • Drugs/ medications – certain drugs can cause release odours as they breakdown
  • Psychological

 

Diagnosis of Bad breath:

  • Sometimes you will notice yourself or a loved one will tell you.
  • A variety of sophisticated detectors are available that measure level of gases / bacteria enzymes

 

Treatment :

  • First establish the cause of bad breath
  • Any dental problems or underlying physical problem need to be treated
  • At least twice a year dental check and clean.
  • Keep yourself hydrated at all times with plain water
  • Brush your teeth morning and night, floss daily and clean your tongue .
  • Keep any dentures or night-guards clean
  • Chew Sugarless gums
  • Limited studies have shown that some medication may help to reduce the bad breath
  • Certain mouthwashes can help in some cases

 

If bad breath persists after the above, the individual should visit a doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions