Are you having to keep your distance from your colleagues, friends and loved ones because you have developed bad breath? Poor you! That’s no fun. There’s such a stigma attached to bad breath and yet there’s a lot that can be done to get rid of it. Don’t just suffer there with your halitosis, follow this plan to help discover what is causing it and how to get rid of it.
The first thing to remember about bad breath is that it is a symptom of something rather than a condition in itself, so getting rid of bad breath is a case of tracking down the cause and putting that right. Rather like trying to find out what is causing a fault on your laptop or tablet, the best thing to do is start with the obvious and easily fixable causes and eliminate them before moving onto the more unlikely and difficult to fix causes.
Are your teeth actually clean?
A lot of halitosis comes from people not brushing and flossing properly. So begin by getting more diligent with your dental routine. You should be brushing twice daily for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Use floss and interdental brushes to remove trapped food from between teeth, left there it rots and starts to smell and can give you caries.
How long is it since you came and saw our hygienist? If you are not coming every six months, come now and let our hygienist at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire clean away any build-up of plaque and tartar, which contribute to bad breath.
What are you eating?
Some things make your breath smell awful. Garlic and onions get into your bloodstream and so into your lungs to be breathed out. Tobacco (and especially combined with coffee) is guaranteed to make your breath smell terrible. Alcohol also doesn’t smell fantastic. Give your diet a good check over, that smell could well be coming from something you are ingesting.
Come to us
We can check for infections and other things linked to your oral health and bad breath, such as decay and gum disease. If none of that works, it may be time to see your doctor.