Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Is your bad breath hindering your personal and professional relationships? Do you avoid close proximity interaction or intimate contact because of your bad breath?
Do not let bad breath affect your social life. For more information on how we can freshen up your breath with permanent results, call our friendly team at Molonglo Dental Surgery on 02 6287 1222.
There is perhaps no bigger turn-off than bad breath. You can be a charming, eloquent and charismatic individual yet all these attributes can be easily overlooked if people cannot stand the smell of your breath.
It doesn’t help that Halitosis (the medical name for bad breath) is a common problem that many people struggle with. Unfortunately, instead of dealing with the root cause of the issue, most people try to cover up their bad breath by chewing gum and mints. What these so-called “breath freshening” products do is merely to temporarily mask the smell, if they do at all.
At Molonglo Dental Surgery, we can help to identify and treat the root causes of your bad breath issues to freshen up your breath for good.
Although it is the main culprit, bad breath is not always due to poor oral hygiene. It may also be linked to An improper diet; gastrointestinal diseases; side effects of supplements or medications; faulty oral devices (i.e. dentures) or improper usage; insufficient water intake; dry mouth condition; sinus problems or allergies; improper breathing method, etc.
Based on your dental records, examining your oral cavity and asking you a series of questions, the dentist is in the best position to assess the likely root causes for your bad breath issues and deal with them systematically. Depending on your specific condition, our dentist will use one or a combination of therapies to directly deal with the problematic areas. Treatments include Professional scaling and cleaning; activating an oral hygiene program; natural remedies; prescribing medication or oral cleaning device, etc.
What can I do to prevent Halitosis?
It is quite normal to have occasional bad breath but a chronic case of halitosis needs to be thoroughly dealt with. If you have concerns, the best thing to do is to go for a proper evaluation at a dental clinic. This will allow the dentist to identify the underlying issues responsible for triggering the bad breath episodes, and recommend a suitable remedy.
To avoid the majority of bad breath issues, here are some of the things that you should be practicing right now as preventive measures:
Oral hygiene: Are you brushing two times a day and flossing regularly? Do you use an anti-bacterial mouthwash at least once a week or after consuming foods that cause bad breath? Do you use a tongue scraper regularly to remove the coating on your tongue? These routine habits form the bedrock of good oral hygiene.
Dental visits: While at-home cleaning regimes are important, brushing and flossing are not enough to remove all the plaque and tartar in your mouth. To stay on top of your oral health, you should not neglect visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a check-and-clean session.
Quit smoking: Tobacco products are notorious for causing bad breath so if you can quit smoking, this will help a lot.
Drink plenty of water: Keeping your mouth moist and hydrated helps to flush out odour-causing bacteria.
You can’t prevent Bad Breath until you know what’s causing it.
To take the guesswork out of Bad Breath diagnosis and treatment, call our friendly team at Molonglo Dental Surgery on 02 6287 1222.