Does your breath smell of roses?

Do your loved ones turn their cheek when kissing them? Then you may have bad breath and they are telling you. Bad Breath is a common problem that can lower your self-esteem and affect your social interactions.

Food and plaque can be used as a fuel source by the anaerobic, sulphur-producing bacteria that cause bad breath. Bad breath is common first in the morning and often has no special significance, being usually a caused by low salivary flow, lack of oral cleansing during sleep as well as mouth breathing. This rarely has any special significance, and can be eliminated by rinsing the mouth with fresh water, eating and tongue brushing. Bad breath at other times can be related to your eating habits. Eating foods such as garlic, onion or spices, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower and radish, or habits such as smoking, or drinking alcohol can cause bad breath. These foods either contain sulphur compounds or are used as a food source by the anaerobic, sulphur-producing bacteria that cause bad breath.

Other causes of halitosis:

Poor oral hygiene and oral infections can be responsible for bad breath. Food debris, plaque and gum disease are common causes. Proteins from bleeding gums and diseased oral tissue provide fuel to the bacteria responsible for bad breath. Retained plaque on the tongue surface is another location of the microbial activity associated with bad breath.

Rare causes of oral malodour:

Systemic causes of oral malodour are rare but important and are as followed:

  • Drugs
  • Respiratory problems such as tonsillitis, sinusitis and lower respiratory tract infection
  • Systemic illness such as gastrointestinal problems, liver failure, kidney failure or diabetic ketosis.

Useful recommendations to prevent bad breath

  • Avoid foods such as onions, garlic and spices.
  • Avoid habits that may worsen breath odour, such as: excessive drinking or smoking.
  • Eat a good breakfast, and take regular meals including fresh fruit .Eat fibrous fruits and vegetables- it helps remove plaque and bacteria and keep your mouth moist.
  • Brush your teeth after meals.
  • Keep oral hygiene regular and good: Brush at least twice a day with the correct technique to remove food, plaque and bacteria from your mouth. Floss at least once a day, especially before going to bed. Rinse at least twice daily with an anti-bacterial mouth wash such as chlorhexidine. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly
  • Brush your tongue before going to bed
  • Keep your mouth as moist as possible by using sugar free chewing gums to stimulate the salivary flow
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Brush your teeth occasionally with baking soda – The bacteria that cause bad breath thrive in an acidic oral environment. Baking soda helps neutralize excess acids found in the oral cavity.

Preventing bad breath is always easier than treating it. By adopting the right habits, you can avoid bad breath.

If you have any concerns about your breath or want to book an appointment, call us on 01923254979 or book online.

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