Bad breath is caused by sulphur-producing bacteria that live within the surface of the tongue and in the throat.
Bad Breath can be a sign of :
- Gum disease
- Dry mouth (caused by medicine, alcohol, stress or medical conditions
- Underlying medical conditions
- Tonsiloths ( these are groves in your tonsils that allow for bacteria build up )
- Specific bacterial overgrowth of sulfur producing bacteria, that warrant more treatment than regular good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing. (Our mouth has over 200 types of bacteria in it.)
Commonly people with bad breath suffer from tartar and plaque build around the teeth, post nasal discharge, thick saliva and a constant need to clear their throat, as well as a metallic taste in the mouth.
Treatment will depend on treating the underlying condition causing the problem, but a good start is avoiding dehydration and good oral hygiene (including brushing and flossing, combined with routine examination and professional cleaning with your regular dentist ). If you suffer from Tonsiloths, then this can be treated too. If you have sulfur producing bacteria then there is a particular type of mouthwash that helps combat this called ‘Closys’ and this can be purchased from our online shop.
Using mouthwashes to mask the situation is only a temporary solution.
Proper guidance can only be given by your doctor and dentist. So if you suffer from Bad Breath, consult your dentist!