Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is a common problem that can affect anyone at any age. About one in four people are thought to regularly suffer from bad breath, which often causes embarrassment both to the sufferer and those around them.
Bad breath is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. If bacteria build up in your mouth, the toxins produced can cause your breath to smell. Food trapped on or particularly between your teeth is also a common cause. Eating strongly flavoured foods, such as onions and garlic, can also cause your breath to smell, as can smoking and drinking alcohol. Occasionally, bad breath can occur after illness, or as a result of taking certain types of medication.
Persistent bad breath can sometimes be a sign of a more serious problem such as gum disease and in such cases you should always seek advice from your dentist. Attending regular oral hygiene appointments will help keep bad breath under control, and at home you can reduce the chance of bad breath by:
-- Flossing between your teeth daily
-- Brushing your teeth and gums regularly
-- Cleaning your tongue regularly
We offer a number of products to help you maintain an excellent oral hygiene regime – ask our hygienist for a recommendation.
Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, using a no alcohol mouthwash and cleaning your tongue will all help reduce the instances of bad breath. You should also avoid strongly flavoured foods and reduce smoking and drinking alcohol.
If bad breath is causing you embarrassment come and see us. Regular visits to the hygienist and the dentist will identify whether there are any deeper problems which are the cause of your bad breath. We will assess your condition and develop a treatment regime to help overcome the problems.
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