Halitosis or better known as chronic bad breath is something that requires a bit more than mouthwash or mints to fix. It is normal to experience bad breath occasionally, perhaps first thing in the morning, however this is very different to chronic bad breath.Chronic bad breath is often a sign of a problem which requires medical or dental attention.
Some of the causes behind Chronic bad breath include:
Dental infections or poor oral hygiene
Dry mouth caused by medications, alcohol or stress
It is often difficult to judge if have bad breath. However the following signs may help you differentiate ordinary bad breath from Halitosis:
Buildup of plaque around the teeth
White coating on the tongue
Constant need to clear your throat
Constant sour, bitter metallic taste
Having bad breath can really impact someone's overall health as it can be embarrassing when others notice or point it out. In order to treat halitosis, the cause of the problem must be found first. As a result, it is recommended that you visit a dentist or doctor to get help and find the most effective treatment for you. Keeping hydrated and implementing good oral hygiene is one of the keys to preventing chronic bad breath. This includes brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist for your 6 monthly checkup and clean appointments.
For more information about chronic bad breath or oral hygiene tips make sure to book in to see one of our dentists today!