Bad breath is something that many people are embarrassed about, but it is much more common than you may think. The good news is that there are some very simple ways to combat bad breath.
Bad breath is caused by bacteria in your mouth; most cases of halitosis (the medical name for bad breath) are associated with bacteria collecting at the back of the tongue. Some people also find that they suffer from bad breath when they eat spicy or aromatic foods. It is common for people to have unpleasant breath in the mornings, but most people find that this has subsided by the time they have had breakfast and brushed their teeth.
Bad breath can also be caused by smoking and it may also be a side-effect of taking some types of medication.
In many cases, especially when you have bad breath in the mornings or after eating spicy food or drinking coffee, chewing on sugar-free gum or brushing your teeth can help, but if you have persistent bad breath, it is important to see your dentist. You should never be embarrassed or ashamed to discuss problems such as bad breath with your dentist; our dental team has a wealth of experience in caring for patients with a host of dental issues and we are here to help, not to judge you in any way.
Good oral hygiene is the best treatment for bad breath and we will recommend an intensive cleaning treatment to remove plaque, food debris and bacteria from your mouth and clean your tongue thoroughly; it may take a number of sessions, but treatment is very effective and you will soon feel much happier and more confident.
If you are prone to bad breath after eating or drinking, it is advisable to carry a small bottle of mouthwash or some sugar-free gum with you. For more help and information get in touch with the team at Harley Street Dental Studio in the heart of London.
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