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Halitosis What Is It & What Can I Do About It?

Halitosis, (known more informally as bad breath ), is an unpleasant, chronic oral condition that can be embarrassing and in some cases cause anxiety as it continues to persist even when you’ve taken steps to avoid or reduce it.

In response to this problem, when you step into stores, you’ll find shelves stocked to capacity with a range ofgum, mints, mouthwashes and other products designed to fight bad breath. However, many of these only offer a temporary solution and don’t address the causes of Halitosis.

There’s a full and comprehensive explanation of halitosis provided by Wikipedia here.

Halitosis Causes – What Are They?

For many, halitosis remains an unpleasant part of every day, as either a sufferer or living and working with others who have chronic bad breath. The causes of Halitosis are varied, but primarily the symptoms are a proliferation of anaerobic (non-oxygen breathing ) bacteria, thriving in biofilm (a sticky film created to protect and ensure their survival) which grows on surfaces within your mouth.

When the biofilm is left unchecked, it becomes dental plaque, which causes other dental and oral related problems. 

Other causes of halitosis can include

  • breakdown of food particles in your mouth

  • dryness of the mouth (xerostomia)

  • smoking or tobacco products

  • tooth decay

Learn more about the causes of bad breath here

Halitosis Cures or Remedies - How To Get Rid of Bad Breath?

Although particular health conditions, habits, and foods are among the leading causes of halitosis, as a sufferer of bad breath, you can often improve or eliminate the symptoms with consistent attention to proper dental hygiene. 

Regular oral dental health routines recommended below not only combat halitosis or bad breath but also contribute to the long-term maintenance of a healthy mouth, teeth, and gums.

  • Scheduling of regular dental checkups to identify and remove plaque or tartar.

  • Brushing your teeth and using a tongue scraper twice daily. Eliminate odor-causing bacteria, as soon as possible after you eat.

  • Rinsing or gargling with water or mouthwash daily. Supplement your routine with a mouthwash that limits the unhealthy bacteria and instead helps the communities of beneficial bacteria to thrive.

  • Flossing your teeth or using an interdental cleaner at least once a day.  If using floss daily, make sure it’s between each tooth and along the gumline – where biofilms spread most often.

  • Drinking plenty of water daily.Prevent a dry mouth, often a cause of bad breath.


But if regardless of how much teeth cleaning and rinsing with mouthwash, you continue to the suffer from Halitosis or other persistent bad breath problems, and this is something you are concerned about, don’t hesitate to contact us 

The New Zealand Fresh Breath Clinic

In 2013, Andrea Clarke set up the first Breath analysis clinic in New Zealand to treat those with bad breath or Halitosis problems.  The New Zealand Fresh Breath Clinic is hosted at Milford Dentists.

Andrea spoke with the New Zealand Herald all about The Fresh Breath Clinic. Find out here all about the new exclusive technology to help clients who have bad breath problems and why it was needed here in New Zealand.  

At Milford Dentists, our dental team can work with you to help identify the underlying causes of chronic bad breath and develop a treatment plan. At the New Zealand Fresh Breath Clinic, we feel your frustration and are here to help. Whether you want to rid yourself of Halitosis or are curious to see if you are suffering from bad breath, we are happy to accept all patients.

Posted by Andrea and Karen

Milford Dentists is proud to help the good people of the North Shore with all of your dental needs. From Devonport and Belmont up through Takapuna, Castor Bay, Mairangi Bay & Browns Bay as well as Albany, Northcote, Hillcrest, the Whangaporoa Peninsula and beyond – call us today to learn more:  09 4896575.