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What are the reasons behind bad breath?

The Hospital Group

Halitosis, or bad breath, is extremely common. It is estimated that up to half the population suffer with persistent bad breath.

 

Most people have short periods of bad breath at some point, but most would agree it is unpleasant, causing them to be self-conscious and even withdrawn to a certain degree.

 

The most common cause of halitosis is dental care. In the majority of short term cases of bad breath, it is caused by the decay of small pieces of food in the mouth, which bacteria in the saliva break down. However, if bad breath is persistent, it could also be a sign of gum disease or tooth decay.

 

Good oral health is important not only to take care of the teeth, but also the gums and whole mouth. Bad breath can be minimised by regular tooth brushing and visits to the dentist.

 

  • Brush teeth thoroughly for 2 minutes, twice a day

  • Use fluoride toothpaste.

  • Floss your teeth too as brushing only cleans about 60% of tooth surface

  • Brush your tongue as well as your teeth and gums (or use a tongue cleaner)

  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash at night after brushing 

  • Visit your dentist every 6 months or as often as recommended

 

A few other everyday tips to improve your breath include:

 

  • Avoid strong foods like onions and garlic

  • Quit smoking 

  • Reduce consumption of alcohol

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet

  • Cut down sugary food and drink – these encourage the bacteria in your mouth

  • Drink plenty of fluids – water is perfect!

  • Cut down on coffee

  • Chew sugar-free gum after eating or if your mouth feels dry

 

Occasionally, bad breath is the result of an infection or illness or medication so see a GP if you have any concerns.

 

The Hospital Group specialise in Cosmetic Dentistry in the UK, with state-of-the art technology in well-equipped centres.

 

A spokesperson for The Hospital Group said “Many of our patients are seeking cosmetic dentistry work for a better smile after years of neglect.  We see a number of patients who have not seen a dentist for years and have not brushed regularly or correctly.  As a result they come with a number of dental issues, which can include bad breath, as well as unattractive looking teeth. 

 

However, a healthy white smile and fresher breath can still be achieved.  Our top treatments are teethveneers, professional teeth whitening and invisible braces, but we offer a full range of dental treatments in order to deliver a great result.

 

After treatment, patients are highly motivated to continue good dental care habits to maintain the results for the future.”

 

The Hospital Group offers cosmetic dentistry consultations and treatments with specialist cosmetic dentists in clinics around the country. They have invested heavily in state-of-the-art technology and techniques to put patients at ease and deliver results to make them smile.

 

Private dentistry news: 1 June 2011