Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Gum disease, poor oral hygiene and volatile sulphur compounds can all cause bad breath – but here’s what you can do!
There are several causes of bad breath, but often, it’s caused by sulfur-producing bacteria in the tongue and throat. It’s easier for this bacteria to proliferate if we have a dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, a coated tongue, eat certain foods or smoke.
Where do all the smells come from? These compounds come from bacteria. We all have bacteria living in our mouth but at different levels. Keep the concentration low, and you won’t have bad breath. Let the concentration escalate, and you will have bad breath.
The main three sulphur compounds found in bad breath are quite commonly known:
- hydrogen sulphide – the familiar smell of rotten eggs
- methyl mercaptan – the smell found in barnyards
- dimethyl sulphide – the strong odour smelt sometimes near the ocean
A variety of different factors can cause bad breath. According to healthdirect, poor dental hygiene is the most common cause of bad breath. It can also be caused by sulfur-producing bacteria that colonise on the back of your tongue. However, dental diseases such as gum disease (periodontitis) can also contribute to bad breath. A dry mouth, caused by stress or medication can also cause halitosis, as can smoking.
“..dental diseases such as gum disease (periodontitis) or poor oral hygiene can also contribute to bad breath…”
How to keep bad breath at bay
Brush and floss regularly
Brushing and flossing regularly removes debris that bacteria can feed off. Brushing and flossing also help to eliminate plaque and calculus – both of which can cause gum disease and cavities.
Have a regular dental scale & clean
Drink plenty of water
Avoid gum disease
If you wear dentures or implant-supported dentures
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Dr. Stephen Jiang is a highly skilled and experienced dentist with over 20 years of private practice experience. He obtained his dental degree from the University of Adelaide, where he excelled in his studies and received comprehensive training in various dental procedures. He also holds a PhD in medical and dental research.
Prior to establishing SJ Dental, Dr. Jiang worked in the public sector where he provided dental care to the general population. He has a passion for oral health and prevention, and he is committed to educating his patients on how to maintain optimal oral health.
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Patients have always appreciated Dr. Xu's gentle and polite personality, and many have found him to provide excellent service for all aspects of dentistry. Dr. Xu has a keen interest in preventative care, root canal treatment, and Invisalign treatment, and he is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dental technology and techniques.
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Whether you need routine dental care or more complex treatments, Dr. Chew is committed to providing the best possible care for all of her patients. With her gentle touch, compassionate approach, and dedication to excellence, you can trust Dr. Chew to help you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.