There are many causes of bad breath, here are a few:
● Certain foods such as garlic, onions.
● Alcohol or cigarettes which restricts saliva flow and increases bacteria count. Smokers are also more susceptible to gum disease and oral cancer which is another cause of bad breath.
● Poor oral hygiene, dental decay or periodontal disease.
● Dry mouth (sometimes related to autoimmune diseases) due to malfunctioning of salivary glands.
● Local infections in the respiratory tract, tonsil stones, chronic sinusitis, post-nasal drip, chronic bronchitis, gastrointestinal disturbance or reflux.
● Loose fitting dentures may cause sores in the mouth which harbours bacteria.
● Food not cleaned from Braces or orthodontic appliances.
● Medications can lead to a dry mouth which in turn leads to bad breath.
● Crash Diets. Fasting and low carbohydrate diet can produce halitosis due to the breakdown of fat producing chemicals called ketones. These Ketones have a strong aroma.
● Systemic illnesses and medical disorders such as diabetes, lung infections, kidney or liver failures may also cause bad breath.
3 Steps to fresher breath:
● Remove plaque using a toothbrush and interdental cleaners, such as floss or interdental brushes.
● Invest in a tongue scraper that removes bacteria on your tongue.
● Drink plenty of water during the day.
● Limit coffee, alcohol intake and smoking.
● Increase saliva flow using sugar free gums or dry mouth products such as Biotene.
● See your dentist regularly for check up and cleans, you’d be surprised how many patients exclaim “my breath feels fresher already” after a professional clean.
● Consider smoking or tobacco cessation.
● Eliminate foods that may cause more mouth odour and increase green vegetables and fruits intake.
● Seek medical help to exclude respiratory and digestive systems problems.
Halitosis may signify underlying dental problems which are often undiagnosed. Come in to see us to rule out dental decay or periodontal diseases to help preserve your dentition in the long run. Occasionally halitosis is the only oral symptom of a more serious medical disorder; prompt medical attention is therefore highly recommended.
Although bad breath may be embarrassing, don’t be shy to chat to Dr Grace, Dr Lakshmi or Dr Quor about it! There’s nothing more that we love than to help you have a fresher and healthier breath and restore your confidence in chatting to people. Give us a call now to schedule your dental appointment today!