Many of us have endured the uncomfortable situation of being told that we have a bad breath by colleagues, peers or more often by our partners. Typically, it is short-lived and merely the product of everything we ate, drank, or smoked. Halitosis, or constant bad breath, is something that can not be cured only by mints, mouthwash or effective brushing. It easily becomes a situation which is socially isolating and stigmatising. It is also very easy, however, to handle bad breath care, and the best place to start is with a visit to your Holistic Dental practitioner.
Talk to us if you are worried about your own breath or that of your partner.
We will assess the condition and place you on the path to fresh air.
What are the Reasons Behind Bad Breath?
The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. Small food particles stuck in your teeth and mouth are the most common source of bad breath. When these little bits of food are broken down by the natural bacteria in your mouth, a foul-smelling gas is released. It triggers bad breathing. In order to avoid bad breath, good oral hygiene helps.
Common causes of bad breath might include the following:
- A disease of the gums, tooth loss and abscesses
- Dry mouth syndrome (insufficient development of saliva often happens as we get older and may also be a side effect of some drugs)
- Infections of sinus/tonsils
- Inferior dentures (Anaerobic bacteria may contaminate porous acrylic bases)
- Dentures that are unclean; faulty dental work
- Few medical conditions can cause bad breath on rare occasions, such as liver disease, kidney and lung infections, diabetes and cancer.
When to Call Your Dentist?
If you have bad breath with loose or painful teeth, swollen gums which bleed easily, call your dentist at Totally Teeth. Even, if you have bad breath along with any of the following signs, call your doctor:
- A fever
- Soreness of throat
- Drip Postnasal
- Discoloured discharge from the nose
- Cough that creates mucus
If you have none of these signs, if your bad breath remains despite a healthy diet and proper dental hygiene, call your dentist.
Diagnostics of Bad Breath
Your doctor will take a history to diagnose halitosis to decide if there are triggers in your mouth or whether there are signs of disease elsewhere in the body that might lead to your bad breath. Both drugs you take, including those obtained over the counter or any herbal medications, need to be addressed.
The doctor will then look into your mouth and may conduct a simple smell test that includes contrasting the breath odor coming from your mouth with the breath coming from your nose. If bad breath comes only from your mouth, this means that inside the mouth is possibly the cause, whereas bad breath coming out from your nose implies that inside the nose or sinuses may be the cause.
Consult With Totally Teeth’s Dentist for
Long Term Elimination of Bad Breath
Treat The Bad Breath
Halitosis treatment depends on the cause. In certain situations, all that needs to be done is to improve oral health, such as brushing and flossing more frequently, for example. You may need to visit a dentist if you have a problem with your teeth or gums.
Dentists from Totally Teeth may give any required dental care, such as a filling if there is tooth decay, in addition to professionally cleaning the teeth. They will also educate you about things you can do at home yourself, such as using toothpaste or mouthwashes designed to kill mouth bacteria.
If you’ve had a dentist check your mouth and you find that you still have chronic bad breath, see your doctor at Totally Teeth. They can refer you to a specialist, depending on the suspected cause, who can further investigate the problem.
More than 80 million people suffer from chronic halitosis or bad breath. In most cases, it originates from the gums and tongue.
Speak to one of our Dentists Today!