Bad breath - Halitosis Dentist, Hawthorn East
Bad breath- halitosis
Brushing and flossing regularly removes trapped food before it decays. If plaque containing bacteria is not removed the bacteria can break down food particles trapped in the teeth or mouth.
The combination of the bacteria and decaying food in your mouth can produces an unpleasant odour. Bad breath also can be a problem if you wear dentures and don’t clean them every night. Dentures should be removed at night, cleaned and reinserted in the morning. If your diet is high in garlic, onions, coffee or other strong pungent foods, you may notice odour on your breath for up to 48 hours.
Smoking is also a major contributor to bad breath, for obvious reasons.
Dry mouth (see dry mouth) is also a factor for bad breath, saliva helps keep your mouth constantly clean. Dry mouth can be a problem if you have a salivary gland condition and do not have adequate saliva flow. Sleep with your mouth open, or take certain medications, including those that treat high blood pressure and chemotherapy are also contributing factors.