FAQ

FAQs

oral health

Why do I have bad breath?

How to eliminate bad breath?

Are electric toothbrushes better than the manual brushes?

Do children before age of three need their teeth cleaned?

 

Why do I have bad breath?

Bad breath, also known as “halitosis” is caused by certain types of bacteria. These bacteria normally live on the back of the tongue and around the teeth, especially when a white coat is present on the back surface of the tongue. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, also contribute to bad breath odour. When the food is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is transferred to the lungs and here it is expelled.

How to eliminate bad breath?

Brushing and flossing properly are the simplest way to eliminate bad breath. Cleaning of back surface of the tongue with a tongue scraper daily is also necessary to minimize bacteria that accumulate inside our mouths as well as using a special mouth-rinse to kill off some anaerobic bacteria that causes bad breath. If the bad breath persists, it is recommended to see a dentist as tooth decay or gum disease may be the cause.

Are electric toothbrushes better than the manual brushes?

If you brush incorrectly, it doesn’t matter what kind of toothbrush you use. Using the manual toothbrush with good knowledge of how to brush can do just as well as using a power toothbrush. Flossing is just as important as brushing teeth. Food trapped between teeth is the major cause of tooth cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

Do children before age of three need their teeth cleaned?

The first baby tooth will erupt at age between 6-9 months. It is important that a daily cleaning routine should be established. A soft cloth can be used to gently rubbing the erupted teeth and gums. Parents should assist the child to clean their teeth up to the age of 5 to 6 years old to ensure that it is done properly.

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