15 May Bad breath…A Slightly Embarrassing Problem
Most adults suffer from bad breath on occasion however between 25% and 50% of people may be affected on a regular basis. If bad breath is more persistent then we would recommend a visit to your dentist.
So what are the causes of bad breath?
Occasional bad breath is likely to be caused by strong foods and drinks such as coffee, onions and garlic. However, persistent bad breath is most often caused by bacteria in the mouth which are most often present as a result of gum disease.
Other causes may include medical problems of the airways, oesophagus (gullet), tonsils and the stomach. Of course, smoking also causes bad breath and increases the risk of gum disease.
So how do you know if you are affected?
If your friends and family are too polite to mention it there is a simple way to find out – just lick the back of your wrist, let it dry and have a sniff. If you can smell it you are likely to have bad breath.
What can you do about it?
Most bad breath is caused by gum disease and therefore improving your oral health will make things better – having regular scale and polishing will help alongside a good home regime. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to advise you on good cleaning techniques for your teeth, between your teeth and your tongue. He or she may also recommend dietary changes and/or an antibacterial mouthwash.
Of course your bad breath might have a different cause and if your dentist rules out an oral cause he or she may refer you to your doctor. For more information or to book an appointment with a hygienist call Long Sutton Dental practice on 01406 364600.