One of the most common yet embarrassing oral health conditions is bad breath, or as it is clinically called, halitosis.
People of all ages suffer with bad breath at various times throughout their life. However for the large majority of these people it is only temporary condition, usually caused by foods such as onions, garlic and spicy meals.
The accumulation of food particles on your tongue and between your teeth not removed during your daily oral cleaning, react with bacteria and cause the condition.
Some people battle with constant halitosis using mints, mouthwashes and gums. These are only a temporary fix as they don’t address the condition.
Bad breath is one indication that you may have a more serious oral health problem such as gum disease or gingivitis.
Gingivitis occurs when plaque builds up on your teeth and gums, causing irritation and inflammation. Your gums become swollen, tender and bleed when you brush and floss.
Left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontal (gum) disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and can result in constant bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth.
Adopting an effective at home oral hygiene routine and scheduling professional cleaning appointments to remove plaque and tartar buildup every six months can help to prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease and can help keep your breath fresh.
In some cases, persistent bad breath can indicate you have a more serious health problem, including a gastrointestinal, respiratory or sinus problem, consultation with your GP is advised.
Worried About Bad Breath?
If you are worried you might be suffering with bad breath please call us at our Maroochydore based practice on 07 5443 2800 to make an appointment with Sunshine Coast Smile Centre at your earliest convenience.