An international research institute conducted a survey in which 71 per cent of people said that bad breath decreases confidence, while an even higher percentage said that bad breath is a first date deal-breaker.
These are only some of the negative effects that bad breath can have on your life.
This means that even though bad breath is not necessarily a threat to health (though it can be a symptom of something dangerous), it is a condition that needs to be identified and treated.
The first step to treatment is to know you have bad breath, identify the cause, and then treat it.
At West Ryde Dental Clinic, we are happy to be your partner in fighting bad breath!
How Do I Know If I Have Bad Breath?
Because most people are considerate, they’re not going to tell you that your breath is bad. So, if you think you may have bad breath, the easiest way to learn for certain is to ask someone you trust.
If you don’t feel comfortable asking someone, you can try to check it out yourself. Lick your wrist, let it dry, and take a sniff. Another tactic is to smell your dental floss after you’ve used it. Finally, get a tongue scraper and use it. Then smell the scraper.
If you’re still uncertain, come see us at West Ryde Dental Clinic, we’ll check it out for you!
Causes Of Bad Breath
Tobacco products. Smoking causes its own unpleasant mouth odor. Smokers and oral tobacco users are also more likely to have gum disease, another source of bad breath.
If you don’t brush and floss daily and well, food remains in your mouth, leading to bad breath as a colorless, sticky film of bacteria (plaque) forms on your teeth. Your tongue can also catch odour-causing bacteria. Dentures that aren’t cleaned properly or don’t fit snugly can also trap odor-causing bacteria and food particles.
Another common reason for bad breath is a dry mouth. A dry mouth occurs if you haven’t been drinking enough water or if you have been sleeping or travelling, or any other case in which your body slows down saliva production. Dry mouth can also be caused by strenuous workouts, breathing through your mouth, and some diseases and medications.
The other common reason for bad breath is dietary. The simplest case is garlic or onion breath, or the odor of a smoker. In addition, fasting or crash-dieting can cause bad breath as the body breaks down fat and releases ketones, which can be smelled, according to the UK’s National Health Service.
Keeping Breath Fresh At Home
- Brush after every meal and floss at least twice a day.
- If you wear dentures, remove them at night and clean to get rid of bacterial buildup from food and drink.
- Drink plenty of water and swirl cool water around your mouth. This is particularly helpful to freshen “morning breath.”
- Keep track of the foods you eat. If they are suspects in your bad breath, bring your log to us to review. Along the same lines, note all of the medications you take, as some drugs play a role in mouth odour.
- Replace your toothbrush at least four times a year.
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings at West Ryde Dental Clinic.
- Use a tongue scraper or spoon to scrape your tongue each morning with to slough off the bacteria, fungi, and dead cells that lead to odour.
- Chew fragrant spices such as cloves, fennel seeds, or aniseed. Their antiseptic qualities help fight halitosis-causing bacteria.
- Chew a piece of citrus rind for a mouth- freshening burst of flavor. The citric acid stimulates the production of saliva and fights bad breath.
- Chew a fresh sprig of a chlorophyll-containing plant such as basil, parsley, mint, or cilantro.
- Make your own 30-second alcohol-free mouthwash. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda (which alters the pH level and fights odour in the mouth) into one cup of water and a few drops of antimicrobial peppermint essential oil.
What Can Your Dentist Do To Help?
If your bad breath is due to a buildup of plaque or tartar on, we may recommend a mouth rinse that kills the bacteria. We may also recommend toothpaste containing antibacterial agents that kill bacteria.
In more serious cases, a good scale and clean can remove odour-causing bacteria.
In rare cases we may recommend replacing faulty tooth restorations or appliances, which can be breeding grounds for bacteria.
The West Ryde Dental Clinic Advantage
At West Ryde Dental Clinic, our treatments and service are 100% personalised to you and your needs. Our dentists are highly motivated and accredited practitioners with graduate degrees from the University of Sydney.
As well as our dentists, the supporting staff at West Ryde Dental Clinic are extremely dedicated and experienced to guarantee that each visit with us is as comfortable as possible.
General Check-up, Scale and Clean, X-rays and Fluoride treatment (with any health insurance)
*For new patients only