IT’S MORE THAN JUST EMBARRASSING
Also known as halitosis, bad breath is more than just embarrassing. Although not a serious medical condition, it can lead to a negative impact both personally and socially, resulting in poor self-esteem or sometimes even depression. Therefore, it is advisable to seek treatment as early as possible.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
The causes of bad breath may not only be limited to poor oral hygiene. In many cases, it could be associated with underlying illnesses such as diabetes or certain medical conditions like gastrointestinal conditions.
People who use tobacco and alcohol can also experience bad breath.
Consuming food like garlic, onions and tuna can also contribute to breath odor. Food can stay in the mouth in between the teeth, around the gums and especially the back of the tongue resulting in bacterial accumulation. These odor-causing bacteria produce compounds called volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs), causing bad breath.
Most of the time, brushing alone is insufficient in getting rid of bad breath. Other causes of bad breath can include the following:
- Dental issues (poor oral hygiene, gingivitis and periodontal disease, tooth decay)
- Dentures (plaque and food can develop on dentures)
- Dry mouth (lack of saliva flow)
- Sinus/Throat infections
- Systemic diseases (diabetes, lung infections or abscesses, kidney/liver failure, gastrointestinal conditions)
- Patients who are dieting on a regular basis
Can It Be Treated?
Bad breath can be treated by a dentist. Our breath management programme consists of an initial consult to determine your cause of bad breath, followed by scaling and polishing treatments.
Scaling and polishing reduces odor-causing bacteria by removing plaque and tartar deposits that build up on your teeth over time, and cleans stains caused by coffee, tea or red wine. We utilise a teeth jet cleaner, Prophy-Jet, which uses high pressure solution to remove debris, tooth stains and dental plaque.
A post-care kit will be given to help further eliminate bacteria and its growth. It contains antibacterial mouthwash, acid neutralising toothpaste, probiotic supplements, and a toothbrush. . Finally, a follow-up review will be done after two months to evaluate results, followed by another scaling and polishing treatment.
The outlook for fresh breath is usually excellent as long as you stick to your dentist’s treatment plan and oral hygiene instructions.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
Our dentists will assess your teeth and gum conditions and advise you on oral hygiene methods specific to your condition. General Oral Hygiene Instructions will also be administered. Proper tooth brushing and flossing methods will be demonstrated and each patient will be given a home care kit to take home.
- Brush and floss twice a day
- Use a soft brush and angle 45 degrees towards the gum
- Brush with short strokes in a to-and-fro or rolled manner over a small section (2-3 teeth)
- Proper brushing should take 2 to 3 minutes to complete
Breath Management Programme
The breath management programme consists of:
- Consultation with a dentist
- OPG X-ray
- 2 sessions of scaling and polishing treatment
- A post-care kit consisting of an antibacterial mouthwash
- Acid neutralising toothpaste
- A toothbrush
- Probiotics supplements