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Has Bad Breath Affected Your Life?

Bad Breath Treatment and Tips Aspire One Dental Elizabeth Street Melbourne Dentist

Have you ever woken up in the morning to find your partner turn the other way because of the bad odor exiting your mouth?   If you have, you are not alone.

Bad breathe is a very common dental problem that affects millions of people every day.

You may wonder, what causes bad breath?

Bad breath can be caused by many factors including poor oral hygiene or homecare, some particular foods, underlying dental or medical conditions, dry mouth and certain lifestyle changes and choices.

The primary cause of bad breath is Poor oral hygiene.. Bacteria from food particles that remain on or in between the teeth can become rotten and a foul smell is emitted. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily can prevent this from happening.

Strong and spicy foods can also cause bad breath. This is because the odor from these foods is expelled from our lungs after the foods are absorbed into the bloodstream.

People with persistent bad breath, known as halitosis,  have a dental condition that can attribute to the cause.  The conditions could be one of the following: gum disease, poor oral hygiene, decay or cavities, dry mouth, oral cancer, or bacteria on the tongue.  

It is important to rule out any medical or dental problems for chronic bad breath. If bad breath is the cause of a dental condition, mouthwash will only mask the odor and not cure it. Such a problem needs to be addressed directly, as it can get worse with time.

Some lifestyle changes can attribute to bad breath.   The use of tobacco  can contribute to bad breath. The addition of braces and Eating disorders are some examples of these changes and choices.

What can I do to get rid of bad breath?

  • Regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings
  • Daily flossing
  • Brush your teeth and tongue 2-3 times per day
  • Healthy Diet
  • Do not use tobacco products
  • Good oral hygiene habits