How to combat Bad Breath
Bad breath can be both embarrassing and problematic. Some people are aware of their bad breath and some are not. Patients usually approach the topic because their partner or spouse have brought it up.
What causes bad breath?
The most common cause of bad breath is the accumulation of bacteria on your teeth, gums and tongue. These bacteria are also responsible for causing tooth decay and gum problems.
Smoking and strong drinks, such as coffee and alcohol can also cause bad breath. Medical conditions such as mouth dryness, diabetes, tonsillitis, sinusitis and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease are also reasons for bad breath. Certain medications including nitrates, chemotherapy medication and tranquiliser can also cause this problem.
- Practice good dental hygiene with tooth brush and cleaning between teeth
- Use a tongue scraper
- CB12 is a mouthwash targeted at bad breath
- Have regular dental check ups to ensure that problems are picked up and treated early.
- Drink water when thirsty rather than strong drinks
Dr. Stefan Abela
BChD, MFDS, RCS Eng, MSc, MORTH RCS Ed, AHEA, FDS Orth RCS Ed
Stefan is a Consultant in Orthodontics at one of the most prestigious London teaching hospitals; Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust.
Stefan is also a specialist in Orthodontics and is registered on the General Dental Council (GDC) specialist list. Stefan qualified as a dental surgeon in 2003 and underwent further training in various specialties including restorative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, oral medicine and complex oral and maxillofacial surgery including the management of facial trauma.