One of the most embarrassing dental problems is bad breath. Add to that the fact that most sufferers are not even aware that they have it! The nose is desensitised to your own breath, hence you cannot tell for yourself.
It takes an honest and concerned friend to tell the truth. And sad to say, but most people would rather avoid talking to you than to tell you the truth about your breath.
Your Buderim dentist at Comfort Dental Centre Buderim can help. Suffer no more. For persistent foul breath, we offer comprehensive bad breath treatments.
Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by a number of dental issues. It is important that you know these issues so you can take steps to avoid them, and ultimately avoid bad breath as well.
The following are the common causes of bad breath:
The food we eat can leave an after-scent in the mouth. Some foods like onions and other spices have more pungent scents. Brushing your teeth removes the scent. However, neglect and poor dental hygiene allow the scent to worsen and the food residue to rot causing bad breath.
Pungent foods, coffee, and alcohol are among the many foods that can make breath smell bad. Water, crunchy fruits and vegetables, sugar-free chewing gum, and yogurt are among the foods that decrease bad breath.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to a number of dental issues such as gum disease. As the food residue rots, bacteria thrive and create cavities, the gums recede, and a foul smell develops.
Xerostomia is a condition wherein the supply of saliva is not enough to keep the mouth healthy. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by neutralising acid and washing away the food residue. Dry mouth, therefore, means bad breath.
Infections in the mouth such as dental abscesses and those from poor dental work can also cause bad breath.
Bad breath may also be an accompanying issue to a medical condition. Diabetes, HIV, liver disease, kidney disease, and other conditions that affect your body’s metabolism are some of these.
The scent from smoking a cigar and other similar products may linger in your mouth.
There’s one way to tell if you have bad breath. Lick your arm and let it dry. If it smells then your breath probably does too.
If you have bad breath, schedule your appointment with your Comfort Dental Centre Buderim dentist right away. We offer multiple options depending on the cause of the bad breath.
For example, if your bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene, your dentist may perform a dental scale and clean. Afterwards, a personalised oral hygiene program may be given to you.
Don’t wait for your breath to scare your loved ones and opportunities away. We can help you have a fresher breath with our bad breath solutions.
Call (07) 5317-6203 or visit us at T204B, 32 Wises Road in Buderim.