Most cases of bad breath occur within the mouth and this is why improving your oral hygiene is the most effective way to eliminating bad breath.
Adopting a regular daily oral hygiene routine that includes brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day with fluoride based toothpastes, in addition to flossing, will help to remove the bacteria which generally causes bad breath.
There are other causes of bad breath which can be treated by your dentist and these include:
- Gum infections ranging from mild gingivitis to advanced Periodontal disease
- decayed teeth
- a condition called ‘Dry mouth’ affecting the flow of saliva
Other things that help reduce bad breath are:
- Drinking plenty of water
- Chewing sugar free gum after meals
- Stopping smoking
- Eating a well balanced diet
If your dentist finds that your mouth is healthy but you still have bad breath, you may be referred to your family medical practitioner as there are other causes of bad breath that do not originate in the mouth. These can include:
- Sinusitis and bronchitis
- Problems within the stomach
- Liver and kidney problems
Bad breath is embarrassing and can lead to awkward situations personally and socially. If you think you might suffer from bad breath, please discuss this with us, as we can help you find a solution.