Bad breath is all around us. If you don’t believe that, the next time you’re in line at the grocery store, just take a look at the scores of breath-enhancing products you can find at the register alone.
Doctors say that halitosis, or bad breath, can result from poor dental health and in some cases is linked to serious health problems.
And while bad breath isn’t always a health problem, it does come with one very serious side effect – low self-confidence. In order to stop bad breath cold, Caringbah Dental Care would like to introduce you to some of the most common causes of bad breath and some possible ways to deal with it, both at home and in our office.
Morning. While you slumber away, bacteria stay busy. Your saliva production decreases dramatically, and since saliva helps keep your mouth clean, you may awake with bad breath. If your morning brushing does not remove that smell, make an appointment with us at Caringbah Dental Care!
Mouth breathing. Mouth-breathing can cause saliva to evaporate, drying your mouth out and reducing its ability to stay clean.
Foods and spices. Spiced foods, and pungent foods like garlic and onions are often culprits in this. And even if the smell fades from your mouth, it can return in burps, or settle in the GI tract and lungs, escaping later.
Not eating. Skipped meals mean less saliva production and increased GI disruption.
Smoking. Smoking increases the number and volume of smell-producing compounds in the mouth and lungs, and dries out the mouth.
Medication. Some meds, including antihistamines, diuretics, antipsychotics, and muscle relaxants—can dry your mouth and reduce saliva production.
Cavities. Food can actually get caught in the cavities, and stay there for long periods of time. This leads to bad breath.
Dental appliances. Braces, dentures, and fixed bridges need to be cleaned every day, to stave off bad breath and to fight higher amounts of plaque accumulation.
Alcohol. A 2007 study in Israel discovered that alcohol was linked to higher rates of bad breath.
There are plenty of other possible causes as well, including:
Obviously, each of those causes suggests some answers/treatment. Don’t smoke, don’t drink, hydrate well, brush your teeth regularly, etc.
We can help you determine if you have bad breath, and its causes. Oftentimes, a simple dental cleaning can help dramatically. We can also help you with lifestyle advice and good dental habit formation. Together, we can chase bad breath away, and ensure it never returns!
Caringbah Dental Care is a family-friendly dental clinic in Caringbah, Sutherland Shire with dentists offering a combined clinical experience of over 50 years!
We are conveniently located in the heart of Caringbah suburb and situated within 5 minutes walk from public transports such as train, bus, and taxi as well as free council car parks.
We offer a complete range of general and emergency treatments, major dental treatments, cosmetic treatments, children’s dental treatment, and nitrous oxide or oral sedation methods.
No gap treatment for all preventive treatments (exam, fluoride and fissure seals) for all children under 16 years covered by health funds with extra/ancillary covers (excludes fillings, extractions and major dental treatments).
Call (02) 9524 7047 or visit us at Shop 3/10-20 Mackay St in Caringbah.
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