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Bad Breath Treatment

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Bad Breath Treatment

Having bad breath (halitosis) stinks, pardon the pun. Many people believe that bad breath is a sign of ill health however in most cases it is caused by an imbalance in the bacteria in the mouth. We all have lifestyle choices that affect the bacteria in our bodies, such as smoking, drinking, eating, and lacking proper oral hygiene. Simply brushing your teeth is not enough to remove oral bacteria caused by these factors. In addition to affecting your confidence, bad breath can have detrimental effects on your relationships, career, and health. Professional cleaning is necessary to remove bacteria buildup, which can result in bad breath, tooth decay, and even more serious issues. We have a lot of patients wanting to know how to stop bad breath. There is no bad breath cure, but the team at Focus Dental can help with treatment for halitosis to stop bad breath. By diagnosing and identifying the underlying cause of your bad breath, we can come up with the most appropriate bad breath treatment program and actions on how to eliminate bad breath.

What Causes Bad Breath

Many factors can cause bad breath in adults, such as alcohol, smoking, certain medications and smelly foods, contribute to bad breath, which is caused by a build-up of bacteria in the mouth. Poor oral hygiene can also lead to bad breath. Cavities, gum disease, and a dry mouth all contribute to bad breath. The dental team at Focus can show you how to eliminate bad breath when there is an oral health issue. However, dentists cannot treat every cause of bad breath. If we examine your mouth and find it is in good health, but you still have bad breath, we will refer you to your physician. There are several non-dental reasons for bad breath, including:
  • Having diabetes.
  • Living with kidney or liver problems.
  • Having stomach issues.
  • Suffering from sinusitis or bronchitis.

The Top 5 Reasons for Bad Breath Are

While there are many causes, these are the leading five that can be addressed if you want to know how to stop bad breath:
  • Food: A foul odour can result from food particles breaking down in your mouth and surrounding your teeth. You can also get bad breath from eating certain foods, like onions, garlic and spices. Your body absorbs these foods as soon as they've been digested, and they're carried to your lungs and affect the way you breathe.
  • Smoking: The odour of tobacco products is unpleasant. Gum disease, another cause of bad breath, is more likely to occur in smokers and tobacco users.
  • Lack of dental hygiene: Bad breath results from food particles remaining in your mouth if you don't brush and floss daily. Plaque is a sticky, colourless film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. Eventually, plaque-filled pockets will form between your teeth and gums (periodontitis) that cannot be removed by brushing if plaque is not cleared away. Additionally, bacteria on your tongue can cause bad breath. Insufficiently cleaned or poorly fitted dentures can also hold bacteria that cause odours and food particles.
  • The mouth is often dry: Your saliva helps remove odour-causing particles from your mouth. A condition called xerostomia or dry mouth leads to bad breath because saliva production is inhibited. A dry mouth naturally occurs during sleep, resulting in morning breath and it becomes worse if your mouth is open while you are sleeping. Some diseases and problems with the salivary glands can lead to chronic dry mouth.
  • Medications: Many medications cause dry mouth which in turn contributes to bad breath. Chemicals released from some can be carried on your breath as they are broken down in the body.

What Happens if I Leave It?

Plaque is formed on your teeth by bacteria, mucus, and food particles. Tartar forms when plaque does not get removed. A buildup of tartar under the gum line gradually causes swelling of the gums if it is not removed. Gingivitis is the result.
The untreated condition can lead to periodontitis – the loss of teeth and decayed gum tissues that accompany gum disease. Dentists recommend that you do not ignore bad breath as a trivial dental problem because periodontitis ultimately leads to tooth loss.

How to Know if You Have Bad Breath

By licking your wrist, letting it dry for a moment, and then smelling it, you can identify if you have bad breath. In addition, you can smell the floss after it is inserted at the back of your mouth. As an alternative, you may scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper or a toothbrush with soft bristles, then smell the scraper.

How Can We Help

Our experienced dentists at Focus Dental can help determine the cause of your bad breath if you’re concerned about it and determine the right cause of bad breath treatment at our Blackburn clinic. A regular dental checkup guarantees early detection and appropriate treatment of any physical problems.

Your dental health will be kept on track if you visit your dentist regularly and you will be less likely to suffer from severe halitosis and reduce bad breath. A dentist will also remove the plaque and bacteria that have built up on your teeth during your hygiene visits.

You may be referred to your family physician or a specialist if you are believed to have a systemic problem, such as an infection. So if you want to prevent or stop bad breath, book a consultation with Focus Dental today.

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