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Beating bad breath aka halitosis with some help from Advanced Dentistry
Well, it’s that time of year once again where the effects of an indulgent Christmas and December month in general have left their mark for us to deal with in the New Year. We’ve decided to make our last blog of 2011 to act as a guide for dealing with the thing that plagues many people – bad breath!
So let’s start with the basics…
If you’re one of those people that is constantly popping in those mints or chewing sticks of gum to shield morning breath, you might find this a handy little guide to help you combat the problems of halitosis.
What causes halitosis?
It’s simple in most cases; poor dental and oral hygiene are the instigating factors here. The most basic dental care can make a big difference. Without a routine of brushing, mouthwash gargling and flossing in the morning, before bed and between meals, bits of food get stuck in and around your gums, tongue and teeth. This food debris begins to decay and once it does your mouth will begin to emit foul odours.
The danger here is that an unclean mouth becomes a breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to gum disease, another root cause of bad breath. Other causes of this most unwanted of symptoms can vary but are easy to detect:
- Smoking and tobacco products are an archenemy of dentistry! They seem to be out to make the job of dental practitioner harder than it has to be. They dry out the mouth causing an increased likelihood of bad breath and lead to a greater risk of developing gum disease and oral cancers.
- Dry mouth can be a naturally occurring problem in some people. When a mouth lacks enough saliva, dead cells can build up, especially during sleep. Hence the expression “bad morning breath.” It’s worth checking if you suffer from dry mouth to make sure that it’s not a problem with the salivary glands.
- Medical problems and underlying health issues not directly related to the mouth can cause bad breath. Infections n the lungs, diabetes, bronchitis gastroesophageal reflux disease plus various other conditions.
- Food consumption is another key factor here. Certain foods are terrible for this sort of thing, especially anything processed. Try to avoid consuming the following in excessive amounts; garlic, onions, cheese, orange juice and fizzy drinks. Just use this as a mantra to live by – if it stinks going in, it’s going to stink coming out!
90% of bad odours come directly from the mouth itself.
How do you beat bad breath then?
We are obvious advocates of UK dentistry and recommending people to ALWAYS use their dentist for check-ups and advice. There are elements within treatments that help to combat problems like halitosis from periodontics to restorative dentistry procedures.
However, there are ways you can attempt to combat the symptoms yourself, or even pre-empt them.
- Avoid those stinky foods and beverages we mentioned above. Include minimising the use of alcohol and cigarettes if applicable. If you are going to snack, eat fruit and vegetables!
- Keep hydrated and keep your mouth salivating by drinking lots of water. A moist mouth is less likely to accumulate odour.
- Get your regular dental checkups and have your mouth cleaned. Sometimes a periodontal cleaning is required or even a more extensive dental treatment.
Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry is committed to giving people back their smiles and we hope that our blogs in 2011 helped in some way to advise and guide those looking for some advice.
We’ll see you in the New Year.