What causes bad breath?
Many people only suffer from bad breath from time to time, usually when they have eaten something with strong flavour or in the mornings when they have just woken up. However, for others, bad breath is a persistent problem and this can be a sign that there is an underlying cause.
Most cases of persistent bad breath are linked to poor oral hygiene. If you don’t brush your teeth on a regular basis, bacteria gather in the mouth and these bacteria release gases when they feed. The gases smell very unpleasant and this is why the breath smells bad.
Bad breath can also be caused by smoking and it can sometimes be a side-effect of taking some types of medication.
What can we do for patients with bad breath?
Good oral hygiene is the best weapon against bad breath and we strongly recommend maintaining a good oral hygiene regime at home. We also advise patients with halitosis to see a dentist and a dental hygienist on a regular basis. Oral hygiene treatments, such as a scale and polish, remove bacteria and tartar from the mouth and reduce the risk of gum disease and decay, as well as helping to ensure the breath stays fresh.
Chewing sugar-free chewing gum after eating can be beneficial for patients who find that they have bad breath after eating or drinking beverages, such as tea and coffee. Using mouthwash can also help to make the breath smell fresher.
If you suffer from bad breath, you’re not alone! There’s nothing to worry about and no need to feel embarrassed; we are here to help and we’ll soon have you feeling fresh and confident.