Halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath, is the unpleasant odour caused from excess levels of bacteria in the mouth and tongue. This bacteria can be caused by excessive smoking or alcohol consumption, bad oral hygiene, gum disease or other factors such as diet and digestive health.
Good oral hygiene is easily the most effective way to minimise the effects of bad breath. Brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day can effectively eliminate a build up of bacteria in your mouth.
Bad breath can also be minimised by:
- Regularly drinking water
- Chewing sugar free gum on a regular basis
- Eliminating smoking completely
- Eating a healthy diet
- Visiting your dentist regularly
Bad breath can also be caused by more serious problems, such as heavily decayed teeth or dry mouth, where the saliva glands are not producing enough saliva that the mouth requires. In some cases, your oral hygiene may be of a high standard but bad breath may still occur. If this happens, we will recommend you to see a medical practitioner, as this is a common symptom of conditions, such as bronchitis, stomach diseases, liver and kidney complications, and diabetes.