Bad breath which is also known as halitosis, can be very embarrassing. A person may not always be aware that they have bad breath which is unpleasant. Some of the more common symptoms of halitosis include a dry mouth, an unpleasant taste, or a white coating on the tongue. There are countless products like mints and chewing gum however these are just a temporary solution. In order to cure this problem, Dr. Michael Adams, who is an expert city dentist in Adelaide has listed some possible causes and tips to tackle this issue below:
Common causes of halitosis
- Pungent foods and beverages
Temporary halitosis can be caused through pungent foods such as garlic, onions, and even alcohol or tobacco. Sometimes the odor of food or alcohol lingers longer.
- Poor hygiene
Uncleaned teeth and gums often result in bad breath which is often attributed to poor hygiene. When food particles are not removed from your teeth through regular cleaning, bacteria accumulates and tends to release an unpleasant sulfur gas.
- Dry mouth
Having a dry mouth is also known as xerostomia where saliva is not produced in sufficient quantities and is often caused by salivary gland problems, medications or connective tissue disorders. Saliva helps to moisten and clean the mouth.
Some systemic illness such as gastrointestinal issues and respiratory illnesses cause bad breath. Cysts or ulcers in the stomach area can lead to bad odor when you burp. Even low carb diets can evoke bad breath.
Tips to tackle halitosis
- Brush your teeth twice a day (morning and night, usually after a meal) with fluoride toothpaste as it keeps your tongue and gums clean.
- Gargle with peroxide in order to reduce bad
- Floss your teeth at least once a day
- Drink plenty of water for hydrating your body and to encourage saliva production
- Rinse your mouth every day with a fluoride mouthwash
- Cure tonsils and sinus infection cause these illness also leads to bad breath
If you still have serious bad breath issue along with painful and swollen gums that bleeds easily, then wait no more and contact our dental experts of Adams Dental. We’re committed to providing you with quality dental care so that you can actually talk and smile openly without any fear of halitosis. Call us now at 08 8212 6335.