Bad Breath

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath can be caused by a number of reasons.

Food stuck between teeth, around the gums and on the tongue may leave an unpleasant odour as it decays leaking fillings and cavities. People with braces may particularly suffer from halitosis due to food becoming stuck in their mouth.

Bad Breath Evaluation and Management

Bad breath or halitosis can be caused by different factors. Contrary to common belief, it is not caused by poor dental hygiene alone. It is important to evaluate the cause of bad breath before proper treatment can be applied.

There are three causes for bad breath:

  • 1. OroDental. Bad breath may be due to poor dental hygiene, smoking, periodontal disease or gingivitis.
  • 2. Respiratory. Bad breath is caused by a disease or infection affecting the nasal passages, lungs, throat and trachea.
  • 3. Gastroesophageal. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or inflammation of the oesophagus, causes the stomach acid to move upward to the oesophagus.
  • 4. If proper dental hygiene fails to correct halitosis, it is best to consult an expert to determine the real cause of bad breath.

How Can Find Out If I Have Bad Breath?

Make an appointment to come and see us as we will quickly diagnose the reason for any halitosis. Replacing any leaky fillings or crowns will help, or treating any cavities or signs of gum disease will preserve your teeth and gums while improving your breath. An appointment for a professional scale and polish will freshen up your breath and our hygienist can work with you to improve oral hygiene at home. You can call us on (07) 4191 4787. Our practice is located at 8/6-8 Liuzzi St, Pialba Hervey Bay QLD 4655.