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Bad Breath Bacteria In The Mouth Can Spread Quickly

05 / 09 / 2014

Bad breath (halitosis) is a common dental problem, which is associated with bacteria gathering in the mouth. When these bacteria feed, they release gases, which smell unpleasant. We can help you to deal with bad breath and prevent further problems in the future; we have a dedicated team of expert hygienists and amazing dentists to make sure that bad breath is a thing of the past.

Bad breath and oral health

Bad breath is commonly caused by a build-up of bacteria in the mouth, which is often linked to poor oral hygiene. Without good oral hygiene, bacteria collect in the mouth, increasing the risk of decay, bad breath and gum disease. Brushing and flossing are effective ways of removing bacteria from the mouth before they can combine with saliva and food debris to form plaque. Plaque is very dangerous because it contributes to gum disease and cavities.

In recent years, there have been several studies, which have connected harmful bacteria in the mouth with an elevated risk of systemic general health problems. Bacteria from the mouth can travel to other parts of the body via the bloodstream and there is evidence to suggest that these bacteria can increase the chances of heart attacks and strokes; gum disease has also been linked to an increased risk of diabetes and problems in pregnancy and labour.

Preventing bad breath

Good oral hygiene is the best way to keep bad breath at bay and an effective daily regime should include brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Diet is also really important when it comes to bad breath, as many people find that certain foods trigger bad breath; common examples include garlic and spicy food. Smoking is also another common cause. In addition to good oral hygiene at home, we also recommend regular dental check-ups and sessions with a dental hygienist.

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