How To Fix Bad Breath
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Bad Breath or Halitosis
The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. It refers to the unpleasant smell of a person’s breath. Halitosis is quite common and is usually caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth as a result of food particles, gum disease or plaque.
Talk to your Cranbourne dentist and he/she will tell you that chronic halitosis affects millions of people worldwide and in most cases the origin is the gums or tongue.
The odor is caused by bacteria in the mouth, the decay of food particles or other debris due to poor oral hygiene. The decay and debris lead to the production of a sulfur compound that causes the unpleasant odor.
How to know if you have bad breath?
It’s very common for people with halitosis to not know about it before others. Most people are told by a close friend or their Cranbourne dentist about this problem. This is because you can’t smell your own breath.
Your smell receptors simply turn themselves off when an odor persists for long time and this is the case for your own breath.
What are the causes of bad breath?
There can be number of causes for halitosis:
• Poor dental hygiene
• Don’t let your mouth run dry. Saliva keeps the mouth moistened and clean, if the mouth is dry dead cells can build up.
• Avoid certain foods like onions, garlic and some spices that may cause the breath to smell. Coffee and alcohol can also cause bad breath.
• Avoid smoking. Your dentist in Cranbourne will advise you that smoking can make the mouth dry. The unpleasant smell of smoke is difficult to get rid of. Also, smokers have a higher chance of suffering from gum disease and other dental problems which cause bad breath.
What Causes Bad Breath in the Morning?
Most of us suffer from the problem of bad breath every morning. During the day the movement of tongue helps in removal of all food debris stuck in various parts of the mouth and the saliva clears it.
This movement of the tongue is restricted during sleeping and the flow of saliva is reduced. As the mouth’s bacteria breaks the food particles, a bad smell is released. This bad breath goes away with brushing.
Remedies for Bad Breath
- Maintaining oral hygiene
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoiding certain foods like onions, garlic, cabbages, coffee and alcohol
- Gargle using a Mouthwash
See your dentist
Visit your dentist in Cranbourne for regular check-ups. This would provide you an opportunity to get rid of the plaque and bacteria that build up on your teeth. Your
Cranbourne dentist can also find the source of bad breath and refer you to a specialist if the reason is serious or needs further treatment.