Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a medical condition that often makes people very self-conscious, preventing them from socialising, and so creating social and psychological obstacles for those who suffer from it. And while tooth brushing and mouthwashes can solve the problem temporarily, visiting the dentist will help you determine the exact cause of your bad breath and help you overcome it.
At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we understand that bad breath can be an embarrassing situation and we are here to help you. Most patients suffering from halitosis don’t understand how bad their breath is until they come in contact with other people.
Generally, for a big percentage of people, bad breath is the direct result of poor oral hygiene. The breakdown of food remains in and around your teeth can cause bad breath if you fail to remove these bacteria by brushing and flossing. Some foods, on the other hand, such as garlic and onion, contain pungent oils which enter into your bloodstream. Then, they are transported to your lungs where they are expelled in your breath. The same applies to alcohol and smoking.
Your W1 dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly and check for signs of gum disease. Loose, poorly fitting or badly cleaned dentures can also be a haven for bacteria, contributing to bad breath. Treating gum disease and maintaining good oral health is vital to preventing bad breath.
However, not all types of bad breath are the results of bad oral hygiene. If you are taking good care of your teeth and you are still suffering from bad breath, your dentist in W1 can identify the reason and develop a treatment plan to eradicate the bad breath. Several illnesses, such as diabetes and lung infections, can cause bad breath. Controlling these conditions with the help of your pathologist will also help keep bad breath at bay. Finally, people suffering from dry mouth are prone to bad breath. This is because dry mouth enables dead cells to collect on your tongue, gums and cheeks. Your dentist can suggest the right treatment for your case.
In most cases, it is important to remember that halitosis is a manageable condition and that at Harley Street Dental Clinic we can help you overcome it.