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Check out how your teeth and mouth change in every stage of life. Learn more what those dental words and get answers to your dental questions.

Do foods cause temporary bad breath?

Yes. We call this “Food Breath”. Certain foods such as onions, pizza, garlic, alcohol and spicy foods can cause bad breath. However, not eating these foods solves this problem. Likewise, many kinds of medication can have a similar effect.

Can mouthwash or tablets cure my bad breath?

They simply disguise one odor with another that lasts no more than 15 minutes. Mouthwashes alone will not solve the problem. The treatment of halitosis is more complex and combines several approaches. However, our team recommends using a combination of mouth rinse and toothpaste daily as part of your oral hygiene routine. 

Even though I brush my teeth daily, I still have bad breath. Why?

The odor of bad breath is caused by oral bacteria. People who have gum disease have more oral malodor than people without gum disease. If your gums have any redness, swelling or bleed at all while brushing, flossing or interdental cleaning then you may have some gum disease. However, gums may not be the only area where bad breath originates due to bacterial build-up within the mouth.

Do I have bad breath?

It is notoriously difficult for anyone to detect whether they themselves have halitosis. The best way to check if you have bad breath is to ask a family member, partner or a close friend for their opinion. Another simple way to check at the dental clinic using Halimeter Test...

What causes bad breath?

Oral malodor mainly occurs from an accumulation of bacteria, if the whole mouth is not thoroughly cleaned daily. Other conditions that can influence bad breath are illness, low fluid intake, stress, lack of salivary flow and exercise.

Where does the bad breath problem come from?

Bad breath is a common condition which usually originates in the mouth. Research shows 55% to 65% of people have halitosis chronically and 95% at some time or other. Even when the sufferer is diligent with good oral hygiene, bad breath usually still comes from the “oral cavity”. Bad breath almost never comes from the gastro-intestinal tract (stomach).

What is bad breath?

Bad breath, otherwise known as oral malodor or halitosis, is a buildup of several gases produced by excess of bacteria. These gases form an unpleasant odor, which is noticeable when one speaks or breathes out. Often this is worse after a night’s sleep and is when it is referred to as “Morning Breath”. Most people suffer from morning breath and this can be resolved by brushing and using an alcohol-free mouthwash.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

There are several benefits to choosing dental implants such as cosmetic enhancement, improved biting and chewing capabilities, as well as ease in cleaning and maintaining.

How long will dental implant take?

The dental implant process involves several steps and the overall treatment period varies greatly by patient. The typical treatment time lasts several appointments, but in some cases implants can be placed and restored immediately.

How much will the Dental Implant treatment cost?

The cost will be determined by the number of implants that will be placed, the type of prosthesis recommended and your particular case. This can only be determined after a thorough examination. 

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