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Turn bad breath into fresh breath

Most children and adults will encounter bad breath from time to time, but for some the bad breath is persistent. The medical term used for bad breath is ‘halitosis’.

Most people who have bad breath do not actually realise that they have it until someone tells them. One way of testing it yourself is to lick your wrist, wait until it dries and then smell it. If it’s unbearable, you might need to see a dentist about your treatable condition.

General dental bad breath halitosis Oakleigh melbourne

What causes halitosis?

The main cause of bad breath is bacteria, hence the presence of gum disease and tooth decay together with poor oral hygiene can cause the problem.

How is halitosis treated?

Regular thorough dental examinations are required to detect areas of decay and gum disease, as well as broken fillings. These can cause a build-up of bacteria that is hard to clean and therefore becomes stagnant and results in a bad odour. We will eliminate the bacteria with a professional clean and properly treat areas of decay to reduce bad breath.

Left untreated, bad breath will worsen. If it is caused by an underlying issue such as gum disease or tooth decay, it may lead to severe pain, infection and tooth loss.

We are available for urgent, dental emergencies.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have moved to only seeing emergency patients as advised by the Australian Dental Association (ADA). We will continue to provide service in the clinic for dental emergencies, plus provide over the phone advice and assistance for dental issues. We are here to support you through this challenging period. We are all in this together, and we commit to our wonderful patients that we will continue to look after your dental care needs.