Bad Breath

Bad breath, also called halitosis, originates in the mouth although there may be a number of causes that aren’t coming from the mouth. It is usually caused by oral bacteria breaking down food debris and the resultant decay. They usually stay in areas that are difficult to reach, such as the pockets around teeth and the fissures of the tongue.


bb1If you have bad breath, you should make sure to obtain a complete dental examination that includes a periodontal examination. Keeping your mouth as clean as possible helps reduce the bacteria that can cause bad breath. In reducing bacteria and food debris, it is important to practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day.  Also clean your tongue with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper.  If you have dentures or a removable appliance, such as a retainer or mouthguard, make sure that you clean the appliance thoroughly before placing it back in your mouth. Before you use mouth rinses, deodorising sprays or tablets, talk with your dentist because these products only mask the odor temporarily, and some products may actually make the problem worse.