Bad breath (Halitosis) is a common problem and could be caused by several factors, the most common being poor oral hygiene. It can have a major impact on the person and cause loss of confidence and self-esteem.
Bad breath is mainly caused by bacteria that break down proteins and release unpleasant smelling sulphur waste.
The treatment of bad breath originating due to dental causes primarily involves eliminating the coatings of protein and bacteria in the mouth that release unpleasant smelling waste products. This can be done by maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine, and treating any tooth decay or gum infection present in the mouth.
Tips for achieving fresh breath…
- Floss and brush your teeth regularly to remove the film of bacteria (plaque) from the mouth.
- Brush or scrape your tongue regularly to remove the layers of bacteria and debris from the area.
- Schedule professional cleans at the dentist every six months to remove hardened plaque (tartar) from teeth and to keep your gums healthy. Treat any tooth decay.
- Drink plenty of water as dehydration can cause bad breath.