Why do I have bad breath?

Bad breath or halitosis can result from poor oral health habits and may be a sign of other health problems.

Bacteria produces odorous gasses that can lead to unpleasant tastes and smells in the mouth. Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth may be warning signs of gum (periodontal) disease. If gum disease is left untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone.

Dry mouth (xerostomia) can contribute to bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralising acids produce by plaque and food products, and wash away food and dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums and cheeks. Dry mouth can result from side effects of certain medications, salivary gland problems, smoking and other causes. Depending on your condition, our dentist can recommend various products to assist in saliva production or relieving of dry mouth.

Many illnesses can lead to bad breath, such as gastric reflux, oral-nasal infections, liver and kidney diseases. It is important to see your medical practitioner to make the correct diagnosis and to bring these conditions under control.

We understand that you may be self-conscious about halitosis, but advising your dentist about your concerns regarding bad breath is a great beginning towards achieving a healthier mouth and confident smile.