Most people have bad breath problems at some point or another, and in 9 out of 10 cases the cause originates within the mouth.
If you think you might have bad breath, there is a simple test that you can do. Just lick the inside of your wrist and sniff — if the smell is bad, you can be fairly sure that your breath is too.
Bad breath is often caused by poor oral hygiene when bacteria are allowed to flourish in your mouth. Eating strongly flavored or very spicy foods such as onions and garlic can also cause your breath to smell, as can alcohol or smoking. Sometimes, bad breath can occur following an infection or illness, or as a result of taking certain types of medication or gastro-intestinal problems.
Dry mouth (xerostomia) is a condition that means your mouth produces less saliva, which allows bacteria to build up, leading to bad breath. Dry mouth can be caused by some medicines, by salivary gland problems or by continually breathing through your mouth instead of your nose. Older people may produce less saliva, causing further problems.
It can be socially, unpleasant for others, and embarrassing for the person who has it. Research shows that it may also indicate something much serious, gum diseases, such as gingivitis or periodontitis. Therefore, a comprehensive oral hygiene regime is very important to keep your breath smelling fresh.
The bacteria on our teeth and gums (plaque) also cause gum disease and tooth decay. Visiting your dentist regularly will not only help you to achieve fresher breath but will also allow the dentist to check for and treat gum disease and tooth decay.
Whatever the reason, bad breath can be the cause of embarrassment and frustration. Mouthwash and chewing gum may help, but can only ever mask the problem. The real key to treating bad breath is to get to the cause of the problem and treat it effectively.
What we can do to help bad Breath
Consultation, assessment and treatment plan
- A professional scale and polish (further visits may be recommended dependent on diagnosis)
- Tongue cleaning using specialised techniques and mouthwashes
- Bespoke oral hygiene education, showing you how to care for your mouth
- Diet analysis
- Social history analysis
- Help with smoking cessation
- Medical history
Regular hygiene assessments are recommended and happy to answer any questions you may have.
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