Halitosis – Can You Get Rid of Bad Breath Today?

If your child is one of the thousands plagued by Halitosis, then you already know that it can be embarrassing for your child making him feel self-conscience about opening his mouth. Some halitosis sufferers will even take a step back before talking to someone close by. Others will keep mints or gum in their mouth with the hopes of making their bad breath. Can halitosis be cured or will you have to live with it forever?

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Halitosis Causes

In most cases, Halitosis is caused by bacteria that has built-up over time in your mouth. This bacteria then gives off the awful bad breath smell. Of course, this isn’t the only cause of Halitosis.

Gum disease can cause bad breath. Gum disease is caused by plaque building up on the teeth. Plaque is hard to detect with the naked eye but can cause, not just your mouth, but your body a lot of damage. Because plaque is sticky and bacterial, it clings to the teeth causing inflammation in the gums which when untreated causes gum disease.

Dentures or other dental devices that have not been properly cleaned houses bacteria that can cause bad breath odors.

Cavities or cracked fillings can be yet another Halitosis culprit. Be sure to see your dentist regularly as he will be able to detect oral problems that can cause bad breath. If cavities, cracked fillings, or gum disease is causing the problem these can all be fixed fairly easily.

Dr. Rober from dentist Queenstown explains Other hidden causes of Halitosis:

  • diabetes
  • acid reflux
  • dehydration (causing chronic dry mouth)
  • liver disease
  • sinus problems
  • allergies causing drainage
  • acid reflux

The Halitosis Self-Test

How to test your breath

Since it can be nearly impossible for us to tell if we have Halitosis, there are a few ways that you can test for it.

  • First, if your mouth tastes bad there is a good chance your breath smells also.
  • Second, while flossing, check for bleeding gums.
  • Third, after flossing, smell the dental floss.

As a parent, you will be able to smell your child’s bad breath without any of these tests, but some children need to be aware of their Halitosis so they can begin recovering from the condition.

Get Rid of Halitosis

Good oral hygiene is the first and foremost way to get rid of Halitosis, but it may not cure it if there are underlying problems that go undetected. If after your child’s dentist appointment has proven there should be no reason for bad breath, then you should consider seeing a medical doctor.

It is a possibility that one of the hidden medical conditions above could be the cause.

What Else Can You Do?

There are several natural remedies available to get rid of Halitosis within 24 to 72 hours. It is hard to imagine that after having bad breath for so long, it could be gone so quickly. There are a few toothpaste and mouthwash combos that have been proven to deliver great results as well. For more information visit Lakeside Dental Practice Queenstown.