We know Valentine’s day highlights concerns about bad breath, but ideally, we want our patients to enjoy fresh breath year-round. However, the Australian Dental Association found that as many as one-third of Australians have bad breath (halitosis). If you think your breath is less than sweet, the good news is that there is plenty that you can do.

Halitosis is often caused by poor oral hygiene, so it might be that you need to pay more attention to your brushing and flossing routine. Other reasons include food choices, and especially if you have a liking for onions, garlic and spices. Although brushing your teeth will temporarily freshen your breath, the effect remains even after you digest these foods because the products are transported through the blood and into the lungs, where they are exhaled. Unfortunately, until this happens, you are stuck with food-related bad breath.

Smoking is well-known for causing halitosis and is terrible for dental health on so many levels, increasing your risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Some people don’t produce enough saliva, a condition called dry mouth and which can allow noxious smelling bacteria to thrive.

Regular checkups here at City Dental help to detect any dental health issues that could be causing bad breath such as gum disease and tooth decay. If needed, we can also talk to you about improving your oral care routine.