Bad breath is a dreadful condition that can cause embarrassment making us very self-conscious. This can create social and psychological barriers which affect our relationships and even our marriages. Some people suffering from bad breath are unfortunately not aware of this problem. And some who are aware rely on items such as mints and mouthwashes that only assist temporarily.
Bad breath can often be improved with proper oral hygiene. Though it would be advisable to visit a participating dentist in the case this does not solve your bad breath. Dentists can identify the cause and develop a treatment plan to eliminate the bad breath. You should feel encouraged to seek treatment due to the high success rate in managing bad breath.
It is almost impossible for people to determine if their own breath offends. We become accustomed to our own odours and are unable to distinguish whether our breath offends. Cupping our hands over our mouths and trying to smell our breath is ineffective. This is because we often don't produce bad breath until we talk. Talking forces out foul breath from the back of the mouth where the vast majority of bad breath is produced. The best way to determine if you have bad breath is to ask a trusted friend or loved one.
The causes of bad breath are numerous.
Regular checkups will allow dentists to detect any problems such as gum disease, a dry mouth or other disorders that may be causing bad breath. Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating gum disease and scheduling regular professional cleanings are essential to reducing bad breath.
Good oral hygiene is essential in order to prevent bad breath. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth daily with dental floss. Ensure you also brush your tongue. Be sure to remove your dentures at night and clean them thoroughly before replacing them the next morning.
smile.com.au approved dentists can assist you with issues pertaining to bad breath. Do not hesitate to discuss treatment options with your dentist. Your dentist can treat the cause of the problem.
It may be helpful to visit a participating dentist as bad breath is almost always caused by a problem in the mouth. Do not try to mask your bad breath before the visit. It will assist the dentist to see the full extent of the problem.
A smile.com.au approved dentist can either treat you or refer you to a periodontist in the case that you are suffering from gum disease. Gum disease can cause gum tissues to pull away from the teeth and form pockets. Only a professional cleaning can remove the bacteria and plaque that accumulate when these pockets are deep. Sometimes more extensive treatment is necessary. A smile.com.au dentist will address any other issues necessary to prevent bad breath if the problem is caused in the mouth.
It may be necessary to visit other health professionals if no oral cause can be identified by the dentist.
Yes. Sugarless gum can help with bad breath by stimulating saliva flow. Saliva acts as a natural mouthwash cleansing the teeth of bacteria and the food particles that bacteria feed on. Saliva also dissolves the volatile sulfur particles which cause bad breath.
Conventional mouthwashes only temporarily mask bad breath. The alcohol found in mouthwashes generally dries the mouth making it more susceptible to odour causing bacteria. Ask smile.com.au approved dentists for a recommendation regarding a preferred mouthwash.
This is often a common problem for people whose jobs require them to talk constantly. Talking dries the mouth which encourages bacteria that cause bad breath. Talking more can dry the mouth and proliferate more odour causing bacteria.
Drinking water can keep the mouth moist and also stimulate saliva flow. An alternative is a drop of lemon placed on the tip of the tongue. This can stimulate saliva flow and moisten the mouth which will make it less hospitable for odor causing bacteria.
It is common for women to produce bad breath during their menstrual cycle. Hormonal changes make the gums more hospitable to odor causing bacteria. Tiny capillaries which run through the gums become more fragile and tend to burst releasing small quantities of blood into the gums just prior to menstruation. Bacteria feed on this blood creating odorous volatile sulfur particles.
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