Bad Breath: Do you have it and can your dentist help you?

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Are you worried about standing too close to people? Do you notice people shy away during a conversation or look away when you talk? Bad breath can be very embarrassing! Thankfully, there are ways you can cure and prevent bad breath, leaving you to feeling more confident. Firstly, we would like to outline the most common causes of bad breath.

External factors include:

  • Foods that are spicy or odorous in nature
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee

Internal factors include:

  • Bacteria growing on tongue
  • Unclean teeth or dentures
  • Unhealthy gums
  • Dry mouth
  • Sinus or throat infections
  • Decay or abscesses

Once your dentist has identified the cause of your bad breath, it can be treated. You can prevent bad breath from returning by maintaining good oral hygiene at home and avoiding the nasty external factors identified above.

Recommended daily oral hygiene routine includes:

  • Brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day (for brushing instructions )
  • Flossing once a day (for flossing instructions )

Bad breath could also be related to a medical condition. If your dentist suspects this is the case they will recommend you see your medical practitioner to investigate further.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call us on (07) 5495 4266.

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