At Passion Family Dental, we can help diagnose your bad breath and provide fast and practical solutions.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Here are some of the most common cause of bad breath:
One of the simplest causes of bad breath is garlic, onion, or smoking – what you put in your mouth can affect the smell that comes from it. Fasting or crash dieting can also cause bad breath as the body breaks down fat and releases ketones, which can be smelled.
Poor oral hygiene
If you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly and properly, food remains stuck in your mouth, forming bacteria that cause plaque. Your tongue can also attract odour-causing bacteria.
Loose and uncleaned dentures can also trap odour-causing bacteria and food particles.
Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
When your body slows down saliva production, you develop dry mouth, e.g. if you don’t drink enough water or if you have been sleeping or travelling for hours.
Strenuous workouts, breathing through your mouth, and some diseases and medications can cause dry mouth.
Smoking or chewing tobacco-based products causes terrible mouth odour. It harms your teeth and mouth causing various conditions like tooth decay, bad breath, gum problems, and worse, oral cancer.
Bad breath might be a sign of other health issues. A person who has bad breath may not be suffering from halitosis alone. He/she could also have more severe health issues like
How Would I know if I have Bad Breath?
A person with bad breath has:
- A white layer on the tongue
- Dry mouth or xerostomia
- Plaque build-up around the teeth
- Post-nasal drip
- Morning bad breath
- Thick saliva
- Constant urge to clear your throat
- Sour, bitter metallic taste
Having halitosis can have a huge impact on a person. Other people may shy away or turn their heads from you. This can cause low confidence and self-esteem.
How Do I Prevent Bad Breath?
Begin preventing bad breath at home. Below are a few steps to prevent bad breath:
- Always keep your mouth clean. Brush your teeth and gums before bed and at least one other time during the day. Do not forget to brush your tongue. Bacteria also dwell on the tongue if it is not cleaned well.
- Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove the food debris left between your teeth.
- Chew sugar-free gum. It aids your mouth in producing saliva and stops dry mouth that can lead to bad breath.
Bad Breath Treatment at Passion Family Dental
If you have dental issues that cause your mouth odour, visit your North Lakes dentist immediately. We can start treating the cause of the problem with intensive cleaning and prevent it from reoccurring. We make sure you leave satisfied, wearing a beautiful smile on your face.
New Patient Professional Check-up and Clean for only $178*.
If you have early signs of bad breath, call us at (07) 3465 1199 to set an appointment. We are located at Unit 4/6 Endeavour Boulevard in North Lakes.