Don’t give bad breath a chance! Let us take you through the causes of bad breath and how to fight it to avoid embarrassing moments. Getting fresher breath is often easier than you think.
What causes bad breath?
Onions, garlic, horseradish, coffee, alcohol and cigarettes – we all know the causes of temporary bad breath. But if we’re talking about chronic bad breath (known as ‘halitosis’), which doesn’t disappear after brushing your teeth, then less obvious factors could be to blame.
The most common include:
- inadequate cleaning of teeth, interdental spaces and the tongue
- tooth decay or tartar and gum inflammation
- an imbalance in oral microflora
- a dry mouth caused by reduced saliva production (xerostomia) and insufficient fluid intake
- starvation and extreme dieting with a low saccharide intake
- various types of medication (e.g. for an allergy, blood pressure medication or antidepressants)
- a wide range of illnesses and health problems: diabetes, inflammation of the respiratory tract, impaired liver and kidney function, stomach ulcers and reflux disease
How can you deal with bad breath?
1. Eliminate odour from interdental spaces
- interdental brushes: thanks to their small bristles they reach every little impurity. They come in various sizes, making them suitable for all interdental spaces
- dental floss: ideal for cleaning those narrow areas between teeth where even the smallest interdental brush cannot reach
- water flossers: they remove all impurities thoroughly using a stream of water without disturbing the surface of your teeth or gums. Moreover, they are also suitable for cleaning braces, implants and crowns.