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Bad Breath

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Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad breath, often known as halitosis, is a bad-smelling breath usually caused by a combination of bacteria and breakdown of food in the mouth. Bacteria living in the mouth thrive on food residues remaining after each meal, these residues secrete volatile sulphur compounds (VSC) which result in an unpleasant taste and smell.

  • Some foods like garlic and onion
  • Substances like Alcohol or tobacco (cigarettes) which restrict saliva and increase bacteria
  • Poor oral hygiene, dental decay or periodontal disease
  • Dry mouth (sometimes related to autoimmune diseases)
  • Local infections in the respiratory tract like tonsil stones, chronic sinusitis, post-nasal drip, chronic bronchitis, gastrointestinal disturbance or acid reflux
  • Systemic illnesses and medical disorders such as diabetes, lung infections, kidney or liver failures

Step 1: 

  • Remove plaque using a toothbrush and interdental cleaners, such as floss or interdental brushes
  • Invest in a tongue scraper that removes bacteria on your tongue


Step 2: 

  • Increase saliva flow using sugar-free gums or dry mouth products such as Biotene
  • Drink plenty of water during the day
  • Limit coffee, alcohol intake and smoking


Step 3: 

  • See your dentist regularly for check up and cleans
  • Consider smoking or tobacco cessation
  • Eliminate foods that may cause more mouth odour and increase green vegetables and fruits intake
  • Seek medical help to exclude respiratory and digestive systems problems

Halitosis may signify underlying dental problems which are often undiagnosed. Consult your dentist to rule out dental decay or periodontal diseases to help preserve your dentition in the long run. Occasionally halitosis is the only oral symptom of a more serious medical disorder; prompt medical attention is therefore highly recommended.

Halitosis also presents a social problem for many people. Some people are paranoid of their breath all the time, and as a result are fearful of becoming close with their loved ones. Our friendly dentists at Doncaster Dental can help you treat bad breath, book your appointment today!

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