Bad breath (also known as Halitosis) is a common problem that can affect anyone at any age.
Causes of bad breath
Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth and gums. However, strong foods like garlic and onions can add to the problem. Smoking is also one of the main causes of bad breath, along with certain illnesses such as nasal and stomach conditions. Bits of food that get caught between the teeth and on the tongue will rot and can sometimes cause an unpleasant smell. So correct and regular brushing is very important to keep your breath smelling fresh.
The bacteria on our teeth and gums (plaque) also cause gum disease and dental decay. If you see your dentist regularly this will not only help prevent bad breath but will also let the dentist look for and treat these problems.
Treating and preventing it
Improving your oral health is usually enough to cure bad breath and stop it happening again. Floss between your teeth daily, brush your teeth and gums regularly and cleaning your tongue regularly.
How can I prevent bad breath if I wear dentures?
It is just as important to clean dentures as it is to clean your natural teeth. Bits of food can become caught around the edges of the dentures or clasps, and the food can rot if you do not clean them thoroughly. You should keep a separate toothbrush for cleaning your dentures. The general rule is to brush, soak and brush again.
When to see a dentist
If you still have bad breath after making changes to improve your dental hygiene, see a dentist. Regular check-ups will allow us to watch out for any places where plaque is caught between your teeth. Our dentists will also be able to clean the areas that are difficult to reach.