Halitosis is the medical name given to bad breath, a very common problem. Bad breath affects most people from time to time, but persistent bad breath can indicate an underlying oral health issue and we advise patients who suffer from this issue to arrange an appointment. We provide excellent treatments for bad breath, which will also help to reduce the risk of decay and gum disease and ensure that the teeth look healthy and clean. Our expert dental team has experience in caring for patients with bad breath and there is nothing to worry or feel ashamed about.
What causes bad breath?
There are many things that can cause bad breath, from eating strong flavours and drinking certain beverages on a regular basis, to poor oral hygiene and smoking. If you find that you get bad breath when you eat or drink specific foods, such coffee or onions, there is probably nothing to worry about and you may find it beneficial to carry sugar-free chewing gum with you. If you suffer from persistent bad breath, this may be linked to oral hygiene.
When you brush your teeth, this plays a very important role in cleansing the mouth and removing harmful bacteria. When you eat, bacteria in your mouth start to feed and this causes them to let off gases, which smell unpleasant; cleaning your mouth helps to prevent this from happening.
Smoking is a common cause of bad breath. If you would like advice about giving up smoking, our dentists and dental hygienists are always on hand.
What we can do for patients in Foxrock
We recommend regular dental checks and dental hygiene sessions for patients with halitosis. Dental hygienists provide cleaning treatments, which achieve a much deeper clean than brushing at home and this helps to remove bacteria and plaque from the mouth and give the teeth a glossy, smooth finish. We can also offer advice about oral hygiene at home, including brushing and flossing tips.