Oral health and bad breath in Berkshire
If you suffer from bad breath or you notice a bad taste in your mouth, it is really important to visit a dentist. This way, you can determine whether your bad breath is caused by poor oral health or even gum disease and avoid further problems in the future.
At Old Windsor, we see many patients with bad breath, a condition also known as halitosis. Most cases of bad breath are caused by improper dental hygiene and bacteria that live below the gum line producing a strong sulphur smell and causing gum disease in the long run. If you dentist does not find gum disease or other oral health causes that could be connected to your bad breath, then it’s a good idea to visit your doctor. Certain conditions such as sinus infections and metabolic disorders can also result in bad breath.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath is a condition that may be caused by different factors, including bad oral hygiene and smoking as well as the consumption of specific foods. However, this type of bad breath is temporary and can be easily cured by a good oral hygiene regime and certain lifestyle adjustments. Bad breath can also be caused by medical problems such as nasal problems, sinus infections or infections of the throat, while it can also be the result of extremely dry mouth, a condition where saliva flows in the mouth are really low. Most of these symptoms can be treated by your dentist or your doctor.
Beating bad breath
To combat bad breath, avoid certain foods and beverages that you know cause bad breath. Your dentist will also recommend quitting smoking and minimise the amounts of alcohol you consume. Try to brush your teeth after every meal, but if that’s impossible, brush them at least twice a day and floss regularly as well. On top of that, drink lots of water to keep your mouth moist and clean. If you wear dentures, bridges or other prosthetic dental devices make sure to clean them thoroughly every day as they can harbour stinking bacteria.
If you still feel that you have bad breath after trying most of these tips, your dentist may prescribe a special treatment.