What causes bad breath?
The accumulation of bacteria in the mouth throughout the day may be one of the causes for halitosis, or bad breath.
Periodontal disease is also a reason for halitosis, and is a disease of the gums.
A dry mouth can also cause halitosis and is caused by not consuming enough liquids.
Enzyme and antioxidant rich foods help rid the body of toxins, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fruits and vegetables daily.
Treating halitosis can also include doing simple things like brushing your teeth more often, and rinsing your mouth out with strong mouthwash after every brush.
Flossing every day is essential and most dentists recommend using a tongue cleaner.
Unfortunately chronic halitosis is not cured as easily and will not improve with home care. It’s important to see an oral hygienist every 3 to 6 months for cleaning who will also give you the best advice on what products to use and how to use them.
Actions to take if you are concerned about bad breath:
Ask your dentist to check for signs of decay or gum disease.
Check your medication, and whether or not bad breath is a side effect.
Cut out alcohol and smoking and see if there is an improvement.
Check your diet; make sure it’s balanced and that you are eating at regular intervals as fasting can lead to bad breath.
Clean your teeth more regularly, use a mouth wash and chew sugar-free gum.
Our recommendation would be for you to see the Oral Hygienist every three to six months for a thorough screening and cleaning. She will explain the best way to clean your teeth, tongue and gums and recommend certain products specially indicated for the treatment of halitosis.