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Bad Breath Halitosis

Bad breath is a very common problem and can be caused be a number of different things.

Causes of bad breath

The most common cause of bad breath is the gases emitted by bacteria present in the plaque on our teeth. Particles of food can get trapped in between teeth and if not removed by regular and effective tooth brushing these then decay and cause an unpleasant smell.

If the bacteria is left on your teeth it can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, by visiting your dentist for regular check-ups any problems can be identified early and effective treatment started.

As people continue to live longer and longer more of us are taking a number of different medications to manage health conditions. The combination of a number of medications can lead to a condition caused dry mouth, which affects the flow of saliva within the mouth. Without the necessary saliva in the mouth the bacteria can build up more quickly on the teeth and cause bad breath. If you suffer from dry mouth your dentist will be able to recommend products to help deal with the problem.

Bad breath can also be caused by medical conditions such as throat, nose or lung infections, sinusitis, bronchitis, diabetes, liver or kidney problems.

If following a thorough examination the dentist finds that your mouth is healthy they may refer you to your doctor or a specialist for further examinations of the cause of your bad breath.

Preventing bad breath

In order to keep your breath fresh, any gum disease or tooth decay needs to be treated and you need to ensure that you have a complete oral care regime in place.

Brush your teeth and gums twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and floss to ensure that you reach the 40% of the teeth brushing will miss.

Use a mouthwash containing antibacterial agents to help kill any remaining bacteria.

Cut down on how often you have sugary food and drinks.

Visit your dentist as regularly as they recommend.