Causes of bad breath
Bad breath can be caused by a number of different things, but it is most commonly associated with bacteria in the mouth, which collects as a result of poor oral hygiene. When these bacteria increase and feed, unpleasant foul-smelling gases are released. Other causes of bad breath include smoking, taking some forms of medication and eating strong, distinctly flavoured foods.
If you have bad breath in the mornings or after eating specific foods, there’s usually nothing to worry about; however, if you have bad breath on a persistent basis, it’s a good idea to see your dentist.
Dealing with bad breath
Good oral hygiene is the best form of defence against bad breath and we urge all patients to maintain good oral hygiene at home in addition to seeing their dentist for regular routine check-ups. Brushing twice daily and flossing help to remove food debris and bacteria from the mouth before they can combine with saliva to form plaque and this boosts oral health, as well as reducing the risk of bad breath.
If you have halitosis, it’s beneficial to see a dental hygienist on a regular basis, as they offer intensive cleaning treatments, which rid the mouth of harmful bacteria. Cleaning treatments also give the teeth a sparkly glow and remove surface stains for increased whiteness.