Also known as halitosis, bad breath is a common health problem that most people have symptoms of at some stage in their lives. However, for some, it can be a chronic problem that causes embarrassment in social situations.
What are the causes?
Most people experience bad breath in the mornings and after eating strongly flavoured foods, such as onions, garlic and curries. Other find it to be a constant problem. Poor oral hygiene is a major cause of the condition. If you don’t clean your teeth on a regular basis plaque collects in the mouth and release harmful acids that are odorous. The most common cause is bacteria at the back of the tongue. If you suffer from smelly breath on a regular basis this may indicate an underlying dental problem and you should see your dentist.
Smoking can also cause unpleasant symptoms as well as staining the teeth and increasing the risk of gum disease.
Treating bad breath
The first thing to check is your oral hygiene routine. If you don’t brush your teeth twice a day, floss and rinse with mouthwash regularly, this is probably why you are experiencing unpleasant smelling breath. Doing so can make a big difference to your dental health and it is also important to visit your dentist for a check-up every 6 months.
An intensive cleaning treatment such as a scale and polish can be provided by your dentist or dental hygienists to help and many dental practices run bad breath clinics to help people tackle the issue.
Giving up smoking is a sure-fire way to improve the smell of your breath and will also do wonders for your oral and general health. Smoking causes an unpleasant odour to linger in the mouth and is hard to shift, even if you chew gum or eat mints after having a cigarette.
If you find the problem is related to eating try chewing sugar-free gum or rinsing with mouthwash after mealtimes. If there are certain foods that trigger an unpleasant odour avoiding them will help in most instances.
In some cases, bad breath can be indicative of an underlying dental condition.
Seeing a dentist
Bad breath is a common problem but it can be embarrassing. If you do suffer from symptoms do not feel uncomfortable about visiting your dentist and discussing your problems. You can rest assured that your dentist will have seen hundreds of patients with bad breath and it is likely that they have come across much worse cases. Your dentist is there to help, not to judge and they can help to boost your confidence.
You can learn more about dental health problems and how to cure them at www.dentalimplant.co.uk where there are also experts to answer your questions.