Bad breath can be awkward to deal with, especially if it is brought to your attention during social situations. For all the stigma attached to it, it may help you to know that bad breath is actually very common and can be treated with a few simple products and lifestyle changes.
What is Halitosis?
Halitosis can be simply defined as chronic bad breath. This occurs due to a build-up of bad bacteria, even after repeated brushings, flossing and chewing gum. If you have severe halitosis, King Street Dental recommends visiting your dentist immediately to rule out any underlying issues. Having said that, once you identify the root cause halitosis is often easy to treat.
What Causes Halitosis?
When there is an excessive build-up of bacteria in the mouth, the proteins they consume release sulphurous compounds also known as VSCs. Sulphur has an unpleasant odour which is what we perceive as bad breath.
Below are some of the most common reasons you have chronic bad breath.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Without a good oral hygiene routine involving brushing and flossing daily, bacterial build up can occur in pits and holes in difficult to reach places in the tooth enamel and gums.
Infections in the Throat and Nose
According to the prestigious Mayo Clinic, postnasal drip from throat infections can cause bad breath due to bacteria feeding on mucus. Now, that’s not a pretty image to think about, but it could be the reason for chronic bad breath.
Saliva plays an important role in breaking down food and preventing the build-up of bacteria in the mouth. However, a dry mouth allows bacteria to grow rapidly, leading to bad breath. Dry mouth syndrome is often caused by medication, underlying conditions, excessive caffeine and smoking.
How to Treat Halitosis
Now that we know what causes halitosis, and we’ve established that you shouldn’t stress about it, let’s talk about ways to get rid of it. Here are some of the ways to combat bad breath:
- Brushing and flossing regularly, because there’s no substitute for a good oral hygiene routine.
- Regular dental check-ups to help identify potential dental issues.
- Staying hydrated is key to maintaining saliva levels in the mouth, which play an important role in controlling bad bacteria.
- Using a zinc based oral mouth wash is the best way to neutralise sulphur gases in the mouth. Keep in mind that a standard mouthwash may reduce bad breath for some time, but because they do not contain zinc ions, you may find bad breath returning within an hour.
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Halitosis is an exceedingly common and easily treatable condition, so if you find that our recommendations aren’t making a difference, give us a call to book an appointment with us. King Street Dental’s team of experts will identify the problem and find the perfect treatment for you.