Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath is something we all want to avoid and certainly don’t want to be on the receiving end of! But what causes bad breath and how do we ensure we don’t suffer from it?
Bad breath can be caused by a number of factors. Dental decay and bad bacteria on the tongue can be a common cause for bad breath. Thorough oral hygiene and a healthy intake of water throughout the day can help eliminate this issue.
Gum disease and other oral diseases can also cause of bad breath. It is very important that your teeth and gums are checked every 6 months by your Dentist and Oral Health Therapist. Seeing your dental team regularly every 6 months can help to prevent such problems.
Smoking and taking certain types of medications can cause dry mouth leading to bad breath.
There are some other factors that may be a cause. If your dentist can’t identify anything, it is a good idea to visit your GP. Some things such us gastrointestinal disorders, kidney and liver failure, diabetes and diet/fasting may be contributing factors. It is always best to check it out.
Are you up to date with your dental checkups?