Bad breath (halitosis) is a common problem that can affect anyone at any age and yet there is still a taboo around the subject, when there really needn’t be.
What are the causes of bad breath?
It is almost always caused initially by a build up of excess bacteria in the mouth which gives off foul smelling gases, often due to poor oral hygiene, badly fitting crowns or fillings, and food trapped between teeth. Contrary to popular belief, issues related to constipation, gastro-intestinal problems and strong foods do not usually contribute towards the problem of halitosis.
Persistent bad breath can also be linked to gum disease and gum inflammation (gingivitis), so it’s important to let your dentist or hygienist take a look. Gum disease caught in the early stages can be very simple to treat but if it’s left undiagnosed it can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Infection or illness?
Sometimes bad breath can occur following an infection or illness, or as a result of taking certain types of medication. Dry mouth (xerostomia) may also be a cause. It is a condition that means your mouth produces less saliva, which allows bacteria to build up, leading to bad breath. Dry mouth can be caused by some medicines, by salivary gland problems or by continually breathing through your mouth instead of your nose. Other medical conditions that cause bad breath include infections in the throat, nose or lungs; sinusitis; bronchitis; diabetes; and liver or kidney problems.
How do I get rid of bad breath?
Whatever the reason, bad breath can cause of embarrassment and frustration. Mouthwash and chewing gum may help, but can only ever mask the problem. The real key to treating bad breath is to get to the cause of the problem and treat it effectively.
If you are concerned about bad breath, book an appointment at our Fresh Breath Clinic. We can give you an accurate assessment of bad breath by using a Halimeter to measure the amount of stale-mouth-causing volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs) in the breath.
We are able to offer treatment and advice ranging from a hygienist appointment for a thorough clean and polish, to antibiotics for throat bacteria or a suitable plan to treat gum disease. By treating the cause of your bad breath we can help you achieve fresh breath and restore your confidence.
Come and get tested
If you are worried about your breath come and get tested and treated in a friendly and supportive environment. Your initial visit to the Fresh Breath Clinic is a one-hour appointment with our dentist Philip Newsome where you will receive:
- Consultation including assessment, diet analysis, lifestyle and medical history analysis, bacterial evaluation and treatment plan.
- Halimeter test — an oral malodour testing machine.
Fresher breath means a healthier mouth.
Whatever treatment you choose with us at our dental practice in Swindon, you can be assured of the same excellent standard of patient care. We will walk you through every stage of your treatment, looking after you all the way. Book an appointment today.
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