Although bad breath is extremely common, this doesn’t justify it as being something that you have to put up with. However if left untreated and ignored, you may be missing an issue with your teeth that requires urgent attention beyond a simple clean and polish.
Firstly, let’s take a look at some of the causes of bad breath to better understand where you fit within the different symptoms associated with Halitosis.
Do you regularly eat or drink strong-smelling or spicy foods and drinks?
It goes without saying that if you do, make sure you brush as well as floss your teeth everyday or after you eat if you can to help reduce bacteria and the potential build up of plaque which could lead to further complications.
Do you have problems with your teeth or gums, such as gum disease, holes in your teeth or an infection ?
If you have holes in your teeth or missing fillings, sometimes food can get stuck in those hard to clean places and begin to rot. We recommend you contact us at your earliest possible convenience where we can examine, diagnose and advise the best possible treatment.
Do you smoke ?
If you’re a smoker, this may be one of the reasons you experience bad breath as well as dry mouth and a lack of taste in your tastebuds. It goes without saying that quitting will help you to evaluate whether this is the sole cause or if there’s a different reason for your bad breath.
Are you on any medication ?
Sometimes certain medications can cause dry mouth as well as cause bad breath as an indirect result of chemical release. It’s best you speak to your doctor if you’re concerned about the potential symptoms your medication may be having on your oral health.
Time to see a dentist.
These are just some of the reasons why people experience bad breath and we understand what this can do to patients mental health and overall confidence.
At Robinsons, we welcome new patient examinations so that we can get you well on your way to identifying if your teeth are the reason and get you on track to fresher breath with a personal treatment plan.