Oral Health Tips
Halitosis (Bad Breath) Relief
Bad breath, or halitosis as it is technically named, is something we have all experienced at some point in our lives. In most cases, it can leave individuals feeling self-conscious or embarrassed.
Common Causes of Bad Breath
Oral Hygiene: Poor oral hygiene is the main cause of halitosis. Failure to brush your teeth and tongue twice a day and skipping your daily floss can lead to the increase of bacteria build up in your mouth.
Diet: Be aware of the type of foods you eat. Strongly flavoured foods like spices, onions, eggs and dairy products and drinks such as coffee and alcohol are more likely to make your breath smell. Normally though, this type of bad breath is only temporary.
Smoking: Not only is this habit strongly associated with bad breath, it also stains your teeth, irritates your gums and considerably increases the advancement of gum, periodontal disease and oral cancers.
Dieting: Low carbohydrates, fasting and crash dieting can cause the body to break down and release fat from cells, creating chemicals called ketones which can be smelt on your breath.
Medications: As some medications break down in the body they can release chemicals that can be carried on your breath. These medications can also inhibit the production of saliva causing dry mouth.
Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions such as dry mouth (Xerostomia), gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes and nose/lung/throat infections can also be contributing factors to bad breath.
Prevention and Treatment of Bad Breath
There are a number of things you can do to help prevent and treat bad breath (halitosis), including adopting an effective oral hygiene routine and taking into consideration other factors like diet and other lifestyle choices.
brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, every day
opt for a soft small or medium-sized toothbrush so you can reach those hard to get to places
consider the use of an electric toothbrush
use a separate toothbrush or a tongue scraper to lightly brush your tongue
ensure you replace your toothbrush every three months
avoid brushing your teeth for 30 minutes after eating or drinking highly acidic foods or beverages
use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between your teeth
your dental healthcare professional may also suggest the use of mouthwash