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Bad Breath Treatments

Having bad breath can be an uncomfortable situation for both yourself and those around you. Our Oral Health Therapists at Kensington Dental Care are here to support your health and bad breath concerns by offering practical and honest tips about reducing any unpleasant oral odours.

Don’t feel resigned to having bad breath, resort to avoiding public engagements, or trialling ineffective bad breath home remedies. We have a bad breath dental treatment for you that will fight the unpleasant smell, including professional cleaning and suggestions about lifestyle changes, plus more.

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No one should feel like they need to cover their mouth or overdose on breath mints in order to mask an avoidable odour.
A bad breath treatment can help restore your naturally odourless breath.

What Are the Causes of Bad Breath?

There are many different causes of bad breath, including poor diet, incorrect oral hygiene technique and irregular dental check-ups. However, the solution can be different for everyone. 

For some patients, the presence of bad breath is still noticeable immediately after brushing and flossing, which can result from a build-up of bacteria on the teeth and gums. It may seem like a childhood basic, but lots of people rush the tooth cleaning process.

Bad Breath and Bleeding Gums

If your gums bleed and your breath is offensive, you are highly likely to have gum disease or unhealthy gums that need bad breath treatment as soon as possible. The two most common forms of gum disease that are an underlying cause of bad breath are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by the accumulation of dental plaque on teeth which creates a breeding ground for bacteria. 

Gingivitis is the early stage of the more serious condition known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease results from chronic inflammation and infections of the gums and bone surrounding and supporting the teeth.

Causes of Bad Breath and Treatment

In gingivitis or early stages of gum disease, the gums can become inflamed, red and swollen and may bleed. However, if you brush your teeth twice a day, use dental floss, practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly for check-ups, plaque is less likely to build up. 

On the other hand, if you have poor dental hygiene, you may have bad breath. If you don’t practice regular brushing, don’t clean dentures, use tobacco-based products and don’t drink enough water to release trapped food throughout the day, you could end up suffering from bad breath.

Steps to Reduce or Prevent Bad Breath

Brush Twice a Day

Brush for 2-3 minutes to remove any build-up of plaque and food particles, but don’t brush too hard, or you’ll wear down the tooth enamel!

Brush and Floss After Eating Sugary Foods

If you can, try to brush and floss after eating sugary sweets, and if you can’t, then flush your teeth with water and keep your mouth moist.

Scrape Your Tongue

Don’t forget your tongue! Gently brush with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to fight bad breath.

Floss Daily

Remove any food particles trapped between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. If you are concerned about the spacing or overlapping of your teeth, let our team know.

Drink Water

Adults should be consuming at least 2 litres of water daily to avoid a dry mouth and wash away food particles and bacteria.

Quit Smoking

Tobacco dries out the mouth, leaving an unpleasant lingering odour; what a great reason to quit!

Visit the Dentist

Schedule regular check-ups at our bad breath clinic at Kensington Dental Care. Contact us here for an appointment if bad breath persists.

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