Looking for a long term solution for bad breath?
Bad breath is referred to as halitosis in medical terminology.
Just like snoring or teeth grinding at night, bad breath is a symptom that is often missed by the sufferer. One usually realizes about this problem when someone else points this out.
There can be many reasons for bad breath –
- Improper cleaning of teeth and gums – many people don’t floss, or when they do floss they don’t floss deeply enough to remove all leftover food.
- Allowing the build up of plaque and tartar over long periods of time can cause not only gum recession, but bone loss and the accumulation of bacteria and rotting food in the spaces between your gum and your teeth (periodontal/gum pockets). This can be treated easily by regular visits to the dentist, during which your dentist will assess your gum pockets and clean them deeply to remove all hardened leftover food deposits which are unable to be removed by flossing or brushing
- Gastric reflux that causes backflow of the contents of the stomach into the mouth, smoking, chewing tobacco, foods such as raw onions or garlic cloves.
- Xerostomia (dry mouth). Dry mouth can result from certain medications or in individuals who have the habit of mouth breathing, or those undergoing radiotherapy. A dry mouth can lead to an increase in the incidence of decay, so it is important to address this.
If you are concerned about bad breath, feel free to call us, so we can help you to restore fresh breath, show you how you can maintain fresh breath and address any concerns you may have.