Halitosis - Freshen your breath!

13 December 2017 - Advice

Halitosis, better known as bad breath, affects 25 to 50% of the population. This condition tends to increase with age and affects three times as many men as women. In 85% of cases, bad breath is caused by inadequate oral hygiene or untreated tooth decay. Best get ahold of things before the holiday hugs and mistletoe kisses!

 

The culprit? Bacteria!

Bad breath is caused by bacteria breaking down the protein in food, among other things. Your best defence is to brush your teeth three times a day, a least three minutes each time, and to use dental floss.  And don't forget your tongue! Often overlooked, your tongue can actually be the cause of your bad breath. Bacteria can collect in the grooves and cracks of the tongue's very rough surface. To clean your tongue, use the backside of your toothbrush or a tongue cleaner, which is made specifically for this.

 

 

Do you still have bad breath even after a proper cleaning? Here are other factors to consider:

 

  • Gum disease of inflammation
  • Cavities or defective restorations
  • Infection
  • Decreased saliva production
  • Mouth breathing, causing the drying of mucous membranes
  • Smoking and alcohol
  • Certain medications
  • Certain diseases, such as diabetes, kidney problems or gastroesophageal reflux

 

Feel free to talk about this with your dentist. He or she will help fix this unpleasant problem or could direct you towards another healthcare professional if necessary.

 

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