Breath Like Fresh Air

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Bad breath is no fun, either for the sufferer or the people around them. People spend a fortune on breath fresheners, but they may be too embarrassed to go to their dentist in SW14 about their problem. Halitosis, the medical term for bad breath, affects about three in every 10 people.

The unwelcome arrival of bad breath can be an indicator of needing to take more care with oral health. Brushing and flossing can be increased from twice a day to after every meal. After trying that, and it is not working, patients are advised to see a dentist in SW14, such as Sheen Dental.

How to Find The Source Of Bad Breath

Rotting food is often the cause of bad breath. It can get stuck in pockets in the gums and gaps between the teeth. The second most likely cause is the bacteria on plaque that has built up on the teeth. Strong foods, such as onions and garlic, and also smoking, can also be culprits. All these things are absorbed into the body and then transferred to the lungs, where they are exhaled. Finally, dieting can also be the cause of bad breath.

All these causes are fairly simple to fix. A change of diet and giving up smoking, can improve breath very quickly. But, if at-home fixes don’t make any difference, the bad breath could be the symptom of a more serious problem, such as gum disease, a respiratory tract infection, chronic sinusitis or diabetes.

Ask the Experts

Patients who go to the dentist in SW14 need to be brave and turn up with the full horror of their odour available to the dentist to get a good whiff of. That means no breath fresheners beforehand. This is because the dentist may be able to narrow down the cause if they can smell the breath. The dentist will check for gum disease and help you clear it up through improved oral hygiene at home, and possibly a mouthwash. Cleaning your tongue is also an important part of fighting bad breath.

If nothing works, your dentist can refer you to your GP for further tests.