We’ve all had these moments – about to have an interview or a meeting, or going on a date, and suddenly you’re more aware than ever, that you may have bad breath.
Or worse… your partner points out that you have bad breath.
A whole packet of chewing gum and 20 mins later, the crisis is averted. But no, an hour later it comes back to haunt us. What now?
Let’s look into some of the common causes of bad breath, and how to get rid yourself of this common ailment more permanently.
- Plaque on teeth
- Food accumulation in between teeth
- Poor health of the skin of mouth, including inner cheeks, throat, tongue
- Some forms of mouth ulcers
- Dry mouth, which may be a side effect of some medications
- Dental caries, cavities in teeth
- Abscesses or infections
- Periodontal or gum disease
- Wisdom teeth infection
Some of the known medical causes
- Gastric reflux
- Digestive problems
- Poorly controlled diabetes
Common solutions for bad breath
- Maintain good oral hygiene, and a good diet.
- Mouthwashes – do they work?
- We recommend alcohol-free mouthwashes. Mouthwashes may have antibacterial properties and masks bad breath.
- Dry mouth?
- Increase water consumption and use ToothMousse Plus. You can also use sugar-free chewing gum to stimulate saliva flow.
- Over the counter, dry mouth aids often only provide symptomatic relief. While they don’t do any harm, they lack the components that benefit teeth and oral tissues.
- Reduce smoking and alcohol consumption, to maintain soft tissue health. As these are linked to risks of developing oral cancer.
It is important to note that bad breath may be caused by more than one dental or medical factor. When required, good communication between your dentist and medical GP ensures accurate diagnosis of the root of the problem.
As we have in-house medical & dental teams, communication is seamless in order to achieve the best outcome for our patients.
Dr Sue Tan is the medical GP at Greville Rd Medical & Dental, and has been caring for the community of Rosanna, Heidelberg and surrounding for more than a decade.
If you wish to make a dental or medical appointment, please call 9456 9933 to speak to our friendly team.