What is bad breath?
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a foul-smelling breath commonly caused by a combination of bacteria and breakdown of food in the mouth. Bacteria living in the mouth thrive on food residues after each meal, secreting volatile sulphur compounds (VSC) which smell and taste unpleasant.
Bad breath may be caused by:
3 Steps to fresher breath:
Halitosis may signify underlying dental problems which are often undiagnosed. Consult your dentist to rule out dental decay or periodontal diseases to help preserve your dentition in the long run. Occasionally halitosis is the only oral symptom of a more serious medical disorder; prompt medical attention is therefore highly recommended.
Halitosis also presents a social problem for many people. Some people are paranoid of their breath all the time, and as a result are fearful of becoming close with their loved ones. For the sake of you and your loved ones, book in your dental appointment today!