Bad breath (Halitosis)
Do you know whether you suffer from Bad breath? Do you think somebody around you know about it but has not let you know
Causes of Bad breath
1. The foods you eat such as garlic, onion, dairy products such as cheese and milk can deposit on your tongue and cause a bad breath.
2. Food stuck around your teeth that has not been cleaned can rot and produce a bad smell.
3. A dry mouth due to medication can produce a bad smell as it allow bacteria to overgrow.
5. Bad breath may be the sign of a medical disorder, such as a local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney ailment. If we determine that your mouth is healthy, you may be referred to your family doctor or a specialist to determine the cause of bad breath.
6. Nasal mucous that has not been cleaned regularly becomes stagnant and remains in the nasal passages become a food source for the bacteria thereby resulting in bad breath
7. Bleeding gums may be a sign of periodontal disease meaning that the gums have become infected with bacteria that cause really bad breath.
What can you do about bad breath?
Regular dental visits
Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your tongue, too. Once a day, use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth.
DO NOT use a Mouthwash. It just masks the problem and does not treat the cause
If you would like more information on this subject, please contact North Ryde Dentists directly by clicking here or ringing 02 9870 7409