If you have bad breath, you probably feel self-conscious, especially after eating or when you’re in a crowd of people or a more intimate gathering. The reality is that bad breath affects most people to a degree at some point in their life, but if it’s a persistent problem, it’s likely that there will be an underlying cause and identifying and treating this can make a massive difference to your oral health, as well as your social life and general wellbeing.
What causes bad breath?
There are many factors, which may cause bad breath. The most common cause is poor oral hygiene, but bad breath can also result from smoking, taking certain medicines and eating strongly flavoured foods. If you only have bad breath after eating or in the mornings when you wake up, it is likely that there is nothing to worry about; however, if you find that you have bad breath on a regular basis, there may be an underlying issue.
In most cases, bacteria in the mouth are to blame for bad breath; this is because when you eat, the bacteria feed and this causes them to give off gases, which have an unpleasant odour. Usually, bacteria gather at the back of the tongue and in the areas that are missed when you brush, such as the cracks between the teeth.
How can we help?
Good oral hygiene is the best weapon against bad breath and we advise all our patients to stick to a good daily oral hygiene routine, which includes brushing twice a day and flossing. Many patients who are prone to bad breath also find rinsing with mouthwash after eating very effective.
We also recommend hygiene treatments with our incredible dental hygienists. Hygienists use advanced techniques and specially designed instruments to achieve a deep clean, which will remove bacteria and stubborn plaque and tartar and leave your mouth feeling lovely and fresh. Your hygienist will also give your teeth a good polish, so that they look shiny and healthy.