Halitosis, or simply bad breath as it is more commonly known, is caused by sulphurproducing bacteria that normally live on the surface of the tongue and in the throat. Common causes of Halitosis (Apart from the bacteria that colonise the back of the tongue):
• Dental factors, such as infections (periodontitis) or poor oral hygiene
• Dry mouth, often the result of medicine, alcohol, stress or an existing medical condition
• Acid reflux from the stomach
• Post-nasal discharge
• Medical conditions such as kidney failure, metabolic dysfunctions, and biochemical disorders
• Certain foods, such as onions, garlic or cauliflower, although their effects are short-lived.
Symptoms of Halitosis:
• A white coating on the tongue especially at the back of the tongue
• Dry mouth
• Build up around teeth
• Post-nasal drip or mucous
• Particularly bad morning breath
• Thick saliva and a constant need to clear your throat
• Constant sour or bitter metallic taste
How to treat Halitosis:
There is no one treatment for halitosis, as the treatment will depend on what is causing the problem. However, practicing good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing twice a day, is crucial. A tongue brush or tongue scraper can also help.
People with chronic sinusitis may find the use of a saline nasal spray helpful. Speak to your dentist to determine the
most effective treatment for you. Call Richardson Dental Surgery on 6862 1261 to make an appointment.