It’s a problem that many of us experience at some point in our lives. And for some, bad breath can be more than an occasional problem. If your bad breath is severe or constant, it can affect your daily relationships and impact negatively on your self-esteem. Good oral hygiene habits and lifestyle changes can improve bad breath. In some cases, you may need to visit your dentist or GP to understand what is causing your bad breath and address any health concerns. It may be a sign of an underlying health issue.
If in doubt, check it out.
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It’s pretty simple to pick up on the symptoms. You may notice that your breath isn’t quite right, or you may be alerted to the smell by a friend or colleague. Let’s face it, it’s not nice to know you have bad breath. But if you have a trusted friend or family member who can be honest with you about it, you’re one step closer to remedying the problem. Let's face it - it's also hard to tell someone they have bad breath.
Some symptoms can be more severe than just an off smell. Your bad breath may hang around for a few weeks, your gums may be sore, bleeding or swollen, you may have toothache, or if you have dentures, you may be having problems with them. In all of these cases, it's important to book an appointment with your dentist to discuss your concerns and look at treatment options.
Bad breath generally starts in the mouth, however the causes of this problem are varied and many. They can include:
A dry mouth, or xerostomia, can contribute to bad breath. Saliva helps to wash food particles away, so a lack of it impedes this function. Some medications, smoking and breathing through your mouth can contribute to a dry mouth. Excess alcohol consumption can decrease saliva production as well. What you eat can play a role in the onset of bad breath too. A diet heavy in certain foods including garlic, onions, coffee, protein and sugar could contribute to bad breath. Bad breath can be caused by other health problems. Infections in the nose, throat and lungs, sinus and bronchial issues, and digestive problems can impact on the quality of your breath. Other factors such as stress, dieting, snoring and hormonal changes can also affect your breath.
Your dentist will examine your mouth carefully to diagnose the cause of your bad breath. You may need one of these common treatments.
When you book at one of our dental practices for bad breath you want to get to the bottom of it quickly. And clear it up as soon as possible. We understand. It’s useful to think ahead about what your dentist will need to know to diagnose and treat your problem.
Generally your dentist will ask you about your medical history and then thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, gums, jaw, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose and neck. You may also need an x-ray, depending on what your dentist suspects might be the cause of your bad breath.
Your dentist will ask you some questions about problems you’re experiencing, such as:
Think about your answers to these questions before your appointment. Being prepared can speed up the diagnosis.