Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes. 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.
Plaque build-up can lead to inflamed gums.
A mouth rinse can help by removing the plaque and reducing the inflammation.
Most people are now aware that
smoking is bad for our health. It can cause many different medical
problems and, in some cases, fatal diseases. However, many people don’t
realise the damage that smoking does to their mouth, gums and teeth.
Smoking can lead to tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and in more severe cases mouth cancer. We may also be able to put you in touch with organisations and self- help groups who will have the latest information to help you stop smoking.
Saliva is produced by the salivary
glands in the mouth. It naturally protects the teeth, washing away
plaque, debris and neutralising acid. A reduction or absence of saliva
can be caused by a number of factors.
Reduced saliva flow can lead to more
plaque and debris build up, which can increase the likelihood of dental
disease. It can also make eating, talking and wearing dentures