Bad breath (or halitosis as it’s known in the medical world) is downright embarrassing. It can affect a person of any age and from any walk of life, causing unnecessary anxiety and distress. The supermarkets and pharmacies are loaded with products to help disguise bad breath, but they won’t necessarily cure the cause…
Research shows that poor dental hygiene can be a major contributor to bad breath, and there are several simple things you can do to help:
1) Brush and Floss Regularly
Practicing excellent oral hygiene is step #1 when it comes to managing halitosis. Daily brushing and flossing help to remove food particles which would otherwise remain in the mouth, causing bad odours and promoting bacterial growth. Bacteria which collects on the tongue can be minimized by using a tongue scraper before brushing your teeth. Antibacterial mouthwash can help control bacterial growth in the mouth and throat.
It is recommended that you brush your teeth regularly during the day, preferably after each meal, and this applies to patients with dentures too. Practicing good brushing and flossing techniques will help to ensure that food particles don’t collect between the teeth or along the gum line.
2) Visit Your Dentist
It is important that you carry out a regular oral maintenance schedule, which includes visiting your dentist regularly for professional cleans and check-ups. Your dentist will conduct a complete oral examination and clean, detecting any small issues before they turn into big ones. Discuss your concerns about halitosis with your dentist and ask for his/her advice.
3) Think About What You Eat
There are some foods which are renown for causing smelly breath: onions, garlic and some spices are among the most common culprits. As these foods are digested and enter the bloodstream, they are transported to the lungs and may cause halitosis. Think about what foods you are eating and make informed choices.
4) No Smoking
Smoking is a health hazard in every way and is well known to cause halitosis. Quit smoking and don’t use tobacco products. Contact your local support network, dentist or GP for help to break this bad habit - it’s a decision you’ll never regret.
5) Visit Your Healthcare Professional
If the condition persists after making these simple changes, it’s time to contact your local GP. Your bad breath could be a sign of a more sinister complaint, so don’t just put up with it indefinitely.
Practicing excellent oral hygiene will help you to control bad breath, boosting your self-confidence and improving your overall quality of life. For more tips on managing halitosis, contact Dr. Tim Hart with Chatswood Dental Care today on