There are few things more embarrassing than having unpleasant smells coming from your mouth. It can seriously inhibit your functioning in social situations where talking to people with ease is important. In the long term bad breath – or halitosis – can even cause psychological problems such as social withdrawal. Thankfully dentists can help with advice and treatment.
Gum disease can be a cause of bad breath. If, along with your bad breath, you are experiencing reddened and painful gums that appear swollen and lead to sensitivity when eating and drinking, it is possible that you have some form of gum disease. Gum disease can occur when plaque builds up on the gum line of teeth and your gums begin to become compromised.
It might be that your bad breath is caused by a poor home dental hygiene routine. If you are not brushing your teeth and flossing satisfactorily, aside from allowing plaque to build up, you will be allowing the debris from food to stay in the mouth and emit odour when you speak and even breathe.
You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and after meals or snacks too if necessary. This should always be done in conjunction with flossing to remove plaque that is in the hard to reach areas of the mouth such as between teeth. Special mouth washes can sometimes be used to treat bad breath, especially if it is caused by gum disease. Chewing chewing gum can help with the symptoms of bad breath by making sure that there is a more pleasant smell coming from your mouth but this is really just masking the problem and you should talk to your Central London dentist about treating the root cause.