Learn More About Bad Breath

The unpleasant smell in the mouth normally occurs after eating strong odour foods. However, consistent bad breath is a common dental problem that results from bacteria or another oral health issue. Additionally, foul smelling odour can also be a sign of a more serious health condition.

Our team at West Perth Dental Centre can help reduce and manage bad breath and get you on the path to better oral health. We will thoroughly determine the root cause of the problem and discuss our variety of treatment options.

Take a step towards fresher breath by booking an appointment with us today!

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Being Aware of the Common Signs and Symptoms of Bad Breath Is the First Step to Managing It

White tongue

The white coating or appearance of the tongue is the buildup of debris, bacteria, and dead cells that create a foul-smelling odour. This problem can be a sign of having bad breath.

Unpleasant taste

A sour or bitter metallic taste in the mouth commonly accompanies bad breath. This sign can vary depending on the cause, but it is often one of the earliest indicators of this condition.

Dry mouth

A symptom of bad breath is a dry mouth. It happens when there is insufficient saliva to wash away odour-causing bacteria. This can cause the bacteria to build up and create an unpleasant smell.

Debris buildup between gums and teeth

One of the visible signs of bad breath is debris buildup between teeth and gums. Plaque and tartar are common types of debris that can accumulate in these areas, producing an unpleasant smell.

How Your Bad Breath Can Be Managed

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Scale and Clean

We may recommend a deep cleaning procedure to help achieve clean teeth and fresh breath. Specific dental tools are used to reduce the amount of plaque and tartar buildup that causes a foul smell.

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Dental Fillings

Our team performs dental filling treatment when there are bacteria-filled cavities in the teeth that cause bad breath. It involves cleaning and filling in the holes or cavities with composite resin fillings.

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Tooth Extraction

The dentist may advise a tooth extraction to take out the decaying tooth. The decision will be based on the severity of the tooth decay or cavities and only be made if oral health carries a risk of being compromised.

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Gum Disease Treatment

A gum disease treatment plan may be necessary if the root cause of the bad breath is periodontal disease. It involves different dental treatments to mitigate gum infections and bring back fresher breath.

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ABOUT Bad Breath

Several reasons or conditions can be the root cause of bad breath. This may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Food.
    Eating certain foods can lead to bad breath, as the breakdown and digestion of food particles can increase bacteria and create a foul odour. Foods such as onions, garlic, and spices have been known to stay in the bloodstream and linger on the tongue much longer.

  • Poor dental hygiene.
    Neglecting to brush or floss your teeth can allow food particles to remain in the mouth, leading to plaque buildup on your teeth. This colourless, sticky film can turn into tartar, creating a bad-smelling odour. Poor dental hygiene also encourages bacteria buildup on the tongue, resulting in unpleasant odours.

  • Decreased saliva production.
    A dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, can cause bad breath due to decreased saliva production. Saliva is important for cleansing the mouth and removing particles that leave odours. So, when saliva levels are inadequate, these particles remain in the mouth and bad breath results.

  • Oral infections.
    Existing infections in the mouth can be a contributing factor to bad breath. This can develop from surgical wounds like after tooth extraction or oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

  • Mouth, nose, and throat conditions.
    Another possible cause of bad breath is due to mouth, nose, and throat conditions. The unpleasant smell can come from small stones that form in the tonsils, which are often covered in bacteria that produce an unpleasant smell. Further, infections or chronic inflammation in the nose, sinuses or throat can also lead to postnasal drip and cause bad breath.

Bad breath can also be a source of concern that can affect your confidence in social situations. But it can be a health concern too. Addressing such a problem helps you determine what causes it and reduce the possible risks.

There are some home remedies you can do to help mitigate bad breath. However, further treatment may be necessary in some cases, which can vary depending on the cause. If any of the following seems not working, we recommend you consult the dentist.

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly after eating.
    It’s important to maintain good hygiene to manage bad breath. This includes brushing your teeth twice daily or especially after eating foods with a strong odour.

  • Floss between teeth daily.
    Flossing is essential for reducing plaque buildup or stuck food dentist between teeth.

  • Brush or scrape the tongue.
    It’s also important to clean your tongue to minimise bacteria buildup.

  • Adjust your diet.
    Avoid food intake that has a strong odour, such as garlic and onions. Also, minimise consuming food that has a high sugar content.

  • Regularly changing your toothbrush.
    Bacteria can accumulate in the toothbrush over time. That’s why changing your toothbrush after three months is necessary.

  • Regular visits to the dentist.
    A regular dental appointment is one of the major parts of oral care. The dentist can perform a dental cleaning to reduce plaque and tartar that remain between your teeth, which is the culprit for bad breath.

The common way to know if you have bad breath is by cupping your hands and smelling your breath. You may also wipe the surface of your tongue and smell it. However, there are other ways to determine the odour of your breath. Visiting a dentist can provide a proper diagnosis and may use diagnostic tools to rate the odour.

It depends on your unique case or severity of bad breath. The dentist may advise you for more frequent dental appointments than average, one to twice dental visits to address the issue. So please speak to the dentist and find out how often they recommend you visit them to manage your chronic bad breath and keep your breath smelling fresh.

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