There’s nothing pleasant about halitosis (aka stinky breath). In fact, it can be downright unpleasant. But you don’t have to suffer in silence, and neither do those around you.
Halitosis is nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, millions of individuals suffer from this condition worldwide. At TLC Dental, our team is caring, compassionate and understanding. Our clinic is always a ‘judgement free’ zone, staffed by passionate and talented dental professionals who are eager to help you take back control of your oral health and well-being.
TLC Dental is Here to Help Fix Stinky Breath
If you’ve been battling halitosis lately, you’re probably wondering what caused it, what it could mean, and how to fix the issue.
In today’s post, we’re looking at halitosis and how to go from stinky to sweet breath. But first, let’s examine the causes of this condition.
What Causes Halitosis?
There are four main causes of halitosis:
- Dental issues such as periodontitis.
- A type of sulphur-producing bacteria present in the throat or tongue.
- Dry mouth caused by certain medications or medical conditions.
- Dry mouth caused by not drinking enough water.
Less commonly, stinky breath can be caused by:
- Acid or bile reflux.
- Kidney failure.
- Post-nasal discharge.
As you can see, while dental issues often account for halitosis, the underlying cause can be more serious. That’s why it’s always important to visit your dentist and rule out possible causes as soon as you notice halitosis.
What You Can do to Combat Halitosis at Home
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do at home to keep on top of the stinky breath situation.
1. Brush your teeth twice a day (at least)
While you don’t need to brush your teeth every hour, it is important that you keep on top of your oral hygiene, especially if halitosis is an issue. We recommend brushing and flossing at least twice daily and/or after meals.
2. Floss regularly
If the cause of your halitosis is periodontal, flossing can go a long way towards keeping the spaces between your teeth and gums clean. Floss at least once a day and make sure you take time to get around each tooth. This will help eliminate food particulates that could end up a breeding ground for bacteria.
3. Use mouthwash
Using mouthwash after you brush can help keep your mouth feeling fresher for longer. But remember, this is a temporary fix. Mouthwash alone can’t treat the underlying cause of halitosis. If over the counter mouthwash won’t cut it, consider asking your dentist about prescription mouthwash.
4. Drink water
Drinking enough water helps to hydrate the body which in turn allows the salivary glands to produce saliva.
5. Make a booking at your local dentist clinic
Don’t walk around worried about stinky breath when a quick trip to your local dentist can diagnose the underlying cause, and treat it. Halitosis is a condition that affects most people at some point in their lives. We’ve all been there. And we know just how much better it feels when the issue is fixed.
Come in and see us at TLC Dental in Sydney’s CBD. Dr Hoff and the rest of our friendly, dental team are on hand to help you tackle any dental issue you have.