Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Most people are turned-off by Bad breath. More than 70% of teenagers say it's an instant turn-off when talking to someone of the opposite sex. It can be embarressing and very often we don't even know that we have it, as we do not smell our own breath.

What causes bad breath?

  • Bacterial infection
  • Medications and certain medical conditions
  • Post Nasal drip
  • Poor Oral Hygiene. Not brushing your teeth properly causes a build-up of plaque (bacteria) in the mouth, leading to Gingivitis (Bleeding gums) and Peiodontal Disease
  • Un-clean Tongue
  • Mouth Breathers often have bad breath, as this causes Dry Mouth
  • Some foods such as garlic, and onions. However, these do not cause lasting odours
  • Smoking

Treatment

  • If generally feeling unwell, you should consult with your Doctor
  • Visit your Dentist for a Full assessment of your Gum Health. If you have signs of Gum Disease, then a thorough cleaning of your teeth by the Hygienist is required.
  • Mouth Rinses
  • Stop Smoking
  • Mouth Breathers may consider the Buteyko Breathing Program.