It can be difficult to know if you have bad breath and the most reliable way find out is to ask a close relative or friend to tell you the truth. Everybody will occasionally have bad breath, usually because of food choices or maybe because they are feeling unwell. However, persistent bad breath does require investigation, as it is often caused by an untreated dental problem or very occasionally it may be due to an undiagnosed medical problem. Our dentist can soon pinpoint the reason.
What Can cause Bad Breath?
Sometimes bad breath is caused by dental disease, for example gum disease or tooth decay. Treating the problem will freshen your breath. Other times, it might be caused by poor oral hygiene. Having your teeth professionally cleaned will give you beautifully fresh breath and our hygienist can advise you on how to thoroughly clean your teeth at home. Some people will develop bad breath as a side effect of medications or health problems which can cause a condition called dry mouth or xerostomia. Dry mouth can increase the likelihood of developing dental problems and we can work with you to reduce this risk.
Once you have sweet smelling breath, maintain it with regular dental visits and good oral care at home. With the proper dental care, you can be confident your breath will always be fresh.