Bad breath or halitosis is a very common problem and there are many different causes. Having bad breath can affect your confidence and self-esteem, the good news is that finding out the cause and treating bad breath is often fairly simple.
You are however in the right place, our fresh breath clinic here in Croydon is here to help with bad breath or halitosis.
Frequently asked questions about halitosis
What causes bad breath?
The most common causes of bad breath include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Eating food which affects your breath.
- Some forms of extreme diet.
- Some medications.
- Medical conditions.
Poor oral hygiene
If your daily oral health care routine is not adequately removing the bacteria from your mouth then please can build up and release an unpleasant smelling gas. Interestingly, if this is the cause of your halitosis then the same bacteria are also responsible for gum disease and decay so you may wish to be aware of this also.
Visiting your dentist regularly for dental health checkups will ensure that your oral hygiene routine is as it should be and will give you tips on how you can improve it. You can read more about cleaning your teeth here.
Bad breath mouthwash
A mouthwash may help if the halitosis is caused by poor oral hygiene, it will not however be a long-term cure as the bacteria needs to be removed by adequate cleaning.
Eating food which affects your breath.
Some foods can affect the way your breath smells, particularly onions, garlic, spices and drinks such as alcohol and coffee.
Smoking can affect your breath.
One of the ways that smoking can affect your breath is the chemicals contained in the cigarette itself. However, smoking also affects the ph balance in your mouth meaning the bacteria are allowed to grow and multiply. Smoking can also try your mouth out which again leads the bacteria to multiply. This can then affect your oral hygiene with the bacteria causing the bad smell.
If you smoke, we recommend you stop!
Extreme change of diet causing bad breath
Some diets, particularly fasting or diets that are low in carbohydrates can cause the body to break down fat which results in the release of ketones. These ketones can be smelled on your breath.
Medications which make your breath smell
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A more comprehensive list of medications which can make your breath smell can be found here
Medical conditions which cause Halitosis
Some people find that they have bad breath all the time and there may be an underlying medical cause for that, such as throat, nose or lung infections and sinusitis, bronchitis or diabetes.
How to get rid of bad breath
Bad breath can be prevented by following a daily oral hygiene regime and cutting down on sugary foods and drinks. Regular trips to the hygienist will also ensure your plaque levels are kept under control.
Also, take a look at the list above to see if there is any other underlying cause for your bad breath.
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