What causes bad breath?
Bad breath is most commonly associated with bacteria living in the mouth. When these bacteria feed, they release gases, which smell very unpleasant. Good oral hygiene helps to prevent bacteria from collecting in the mouth.
Other causes of bad breath include smoking and eating certain types of food, including spicy food and garlic. Drinking tea and coffee can also cause some people to suffer from bad breath.
When do I need to see a dentist?
It’s normal to have bad breath now and again, especially in the mornings when you have just woken up and after eating strong flavours, but if you find that you have bad breath frequently and it’s affecting your day to day life, it’s a good idea to see your dentist. Bad breath can be an embarrassing problem to discuss, but your dentist is there to help, so don’t be worried.
Treatment for bad breath
The most effective treatment for bad breath is good oral hygiene. Most of the bacteria linked to bad breath collect at the back of the tongue, so tongue cleaning can be particularly beneficial. It’s a good idea to see a dental hygienist for an intensive cleaning treatment and to maintain a good daily oral hygiene programme at home. Giving up smoking and chewing sugar-free gum after eating can also help.