Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Chronic bad breath, known as halitosis is more than the garlic you had for lunch and is usually the result of poor dental hygiene. If you don’t brush or floss regularly, bacteria in the mouth begins to release sulphur compounds which create an unpleasant smell.
Bad breath can affect anyone no matter what your age so please don’t feel embarrassed. Paramount Dental Sydney can properly diagnose the problem and create a treatment plan that provides ongoing solutions.
Causes of bad breath
Although commonly caused by inadequate oral hygiene, other causes of bad breath include:
- dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay
- problems with dentures
- Impacted teeth
- having a dry mouth from taking medication
- smoking or drinking alcohol
- some viruses and illnesses, especially those that affect the sinuses, nasal passages and throat
- diseases like pneumonia, diabetes, kidney failure as well as certain cancers
Treating bad breath
If you have chronic bad breath, short-term methods like using mouth washes and oral sprays really only mask the problem for a little while. Plus you want to make sure your bad breath isn’t being caused by a serious illness.
For a long term solution and the improvement of your overall health, consider booking a consultation with our experienced dentists at Paramount Dental Sydney. We will locate the problem and refer you to a medical professional if we believe the problem is more than a dental issue.
We know that having bad breath can be awkward and embarrassing but when you do visit us, please don’t try to hide the smell of your breath as it may make it more difficult to find out what's causing the problem. We want you to leave our dental practice smiling, confident and feeling great.
Preventing Bad Breath
Improving your overall daily oral hygiene is the best way to prevent bad breath. Make sure you are flossing between your teeth every day; brushing your teeth, tongue and gums twice a day as well as drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated.