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Bad Breath

Bad Breath

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is an unpleasant smelling breath commonly caused by bacteria and food decay in the mouth. Bacteria living in the mouth thrive on food residues after each meal, secreting volatile sulphur compounds which taste and smell unpleasant.
  • Alcohol or cigarettes which restricts saliva flow and increases bacteria count
  • Certain foods such as garlic and onions
  • Poor oral hygiene, dental decay or periodontal disease
  • Dry mouth (sometimes related to auto immune diseases) due to malfunctioning of salivary glands
  • Systemic illnesses and medical disorders such as diabetes, lung infections, kidney or liver failures
  • Local infections in the respiratory tract, tonsil stones, chronic sinusitis, post-nasal drip, chronic bronchitis, gastrointestinal disturbance or reflux

• Remove plaque using a toothbrush and interdental cleaners, such as floss or interdental brushes 
• Invest in a tongue scraper that removes bacteria on your tongue
• Increase saliva flow using sugar-free gums or dry mouth products such as Biotene
• Limit coffee, alcohol intake and smoking
• Drink plenty of water during the day
• Stop smoking or use of tobacco
• Eliminate foods that may cause more mouth odour and increase green vegetables and fruits intake
• Seek medical help to exclude respiratory and digestive systems problems
• See your dentist regularly for check up and cleans

Halitosis may signify underlying dental problems which are often undiagnosed. Consult your dentist to rule out dental decay or periodontal diseases to help preserve your dentition in the long run. Occasionally halitosis is the only oral symptom of a more serious medical disorder; prompt medical attention is therefore highly recommended.

Halitosis also presents a social problem for many people. Some people are paranoid of their breath all the time, and as a result are fearful of becoming close with their colleague or family/friends. So book your appointment today and stop bad breath once and for all!

River Dental are committed to providing the best possible dental care for you and your entire family.