If you have persistently bad breath, you need to see a dentist.
Anybody who has had a conversation with a person with halitosis will know how deeply unpleasant it can be. There is a world of difference between someone with ‘garlic breath’ and someone who has deeper seated breath issues.
Whilst it is true that avoiding certain foods, garlic being the most well known example, will help, the reality is that this type of bad breath is temporary and will revert to normal if you avoid eating them for a while. More persistent and foul smelling breath however, is likely to have oral health issues as the root cause.
Oral health and your breath
There are two key dental issues which can cause you to have bad breath. Dental decay is one of these, though more often, this will leave a bad taste in your mouth rather than causing overly strong bad breath. Most people that see their dentist regularly should not suffer from this, and we are always available for emergency dental appointments should you suffer from toothache caused by decay in between your check ups.
A more likely cause of halitosis, or persistent bad breath, is gum disease. Unfortunately, whilst most people will brush their teeth, too many of us neglect the health of our gums, and, consequently, may suffer from gingivitis or worse, periodontitis.
Where gum disease has become advanced, an invasive dental procedure known as root planing, or a ‘deep clean’ will be needed to clean the teeth down to the root. For most people though, gum disease can be corrected (and prevented) with a little extra care.
Brush correctly – When you brush your teeth, make sure to use a relatively new toothbrush (no older than three months). Aim the bristles towards the gums so that you brush underneath the gum line, removing trapped bacteria.
Use dental floss – We are happy to show you how to do this correctly. This is an important step in the prevention of gum disease, and can remove both food and bacteria that becomes trapped between the teeth.
See a hygienist – The hygienist at the Confidental Clinic in Clapham will offer advice on how you can improve your oral health care, and also give your teeth a professional clean, known as a scale and polish. This procedure is noninvasive and removes hardened bacteria (tartar) that cannot be removed with regular brushing. Following this, your breath should be noticeably sweeter and your mouth will feel fresher too.
There are other things that you can do to ward off bad breath, such as making sure that you stay well hydrated. The above three suggestions though, should make sure that your gums remain healthy and your breath fresher.
If you are worried that your breaths smells unpleasant, and you haven’t seen a dentist in the last six months or so, why not make an appointments at the Confidental Clinic in Clapham, by calling us on 020 7801 9060.