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Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Halitosis | Dry Mouth | Bad Breath Treatment in Melbourne

Bad breath can often have a major impact on a person and be a source of embarrassment.

  • Dental factors such as poor oral hygiene, tooth decay or gum disease
  • Strong smelling food such as garlic or onion
  • Sulphur producing bacteria that live on the surface of the tongue and throat
  • A dry mouth. This can be caused by medications, smoking or mouth breathing
  • Medical issues such as acid reflux from the stomach, post nasal discharge, sinus infections
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes or metabolic conditions

Treatment of bad breath depends on the underlying cause. Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to reducing bad breath. It is recommended to brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste (or after a meal if you have consumed strong smelling food), brush the surface of your tongue and use floss or an interproximal cleaning aid once a day. An alcohol free mouthwash is optional. Regular dental checkups will help detect cavities that can harbour bacteria or trap food causing a bad smell and regular cleans help remove plaque and stagnant food.

Avoiding dehydration by consuming at least 2 litres of water a day and quitting smoking can also help. Your dentist may recommend speaking to your GP if there is an underlying medical reason for the bad breath.