Halitosis is most commonly known as bad breath. It affects a surprising number of people, given that there are many ways to combat it – not just brushing, flossing, using mouthwash or tongue scraping.
Find out more about why it happens and how to effectively treat it.
- Halitosis is most often caused by bacteria breaking down food particles, decayed teeth and gum disease. It can also sometimes be due to certain medications, or stomach or throat problems.
- A dry mouth can make the problem worse; late morning and late afternoon seem to be particularly bad times of day.
- The physical problem of bad breath is often less problematic than the psychological ones it causes, through interfering with social interactions.
- Most bad breath can be treated by maintaining good oral hygiene, most importantly by having regular check-ups with your dentist.
- Quitting smoking is highly recommended, too. Read more about smoking and oral health.
- Good oral hygiene includes regularly brushing teeth, flossing, using mouthwash, and changing your toothbrush.
- It can also be helpful to brush or scrape your tongue, stay hydrated and be mindful of what you eat – onion and garlic should be avoided in favour of things like citrus rind, fresh herbs, and cloves.
Herald Avenue Dental Centre in Willetton
If you are suffering from bad breath or halitosis, we can help you. To make an appointment, please call 9259 5774 or book online.