Halitosis or bad breath is a condition in which noticeably unpleasant odors are exhaled while breathing.
Although many people believe that oral malodor comes from the stomach, the most common source of bad breath is the bacteria in the deep crevices in the back of the tongue. Causes of a bad breath include: poor oral hygiene and plaque, periodontal pockets, patients with dentures or orthodontic appliances, patients with a disability, young children and the elderly, certain foods, coffee, foods or beverages that are high in protein, medications: antihistamines, vitamins, cardiac and blood pressure medications, calcium blockers, smokers, nasal dysfunctions such as post nasal drip, sinusitis.
In order to eliminate a bad breath,patients need to: brush and floss twice a day, use mouthwashes(it’s important to use an alcohol-free mouth rinse, since alcohol can dry your mouth which ultimately leads to even faster formation of odor producing bacteria) and tongue scrapers, chew gum and mints( thymol and eucalyptus as ingredients are anti-bacterial agents), eat a healthy breakfast, drink plenty of water, use products which incorporate an odor neutralizer such as zinc chloride.
Regular dental cleanings and examinations at Lawrence Park Dentistry enable your dental professional team to help you maintain long-lasting fresh breath.