How do you know that your breath does not offend those around you? 

Bad breath is a very difficult subject to broach even with good friend. So how do you reassure yourself that you are nice to be near? 

What is the case?
There are many reasons for bad breath:

  • Eating spicy foods and garlic, but the effects of these are usually temporary.
  • Any thing that dries the mouth, sleep hunger, too much talking or a stuffy nose can cause odour problems, even in some one who faithfully brushes and flosses.
  • Morning breath the offensive odour present in the month after sleeping is directly related to the reduced saliva flow and resulting bacteria growth.
  • Smoking will give you stale breath and also has a drying effect on the mouth making the saliva ‘thicker’ and allowing more bacteria and debris to remain on the mouth.
  • A dry mouth (or xerostomia) can also be a particular problem for people as they get older and for people on many different medicines and tablets.
  • Above all upper respiratory complaints like Sinusitis, Pnumonia, Lung abscess and Asthma can also cause Foul smelling or Bad breath.

What does the treatment involve? 
First you will be assessed by the dentist and the level of your problem discussed. He or she will check for the presence of any abscesses, impacted wisdom teeth, faulty restorations that may be contributing to your bad breath. 

In areas where food debris stagnates, such as between the teeth where you have large old fillings with rough edges, you may need these areas polished or have the restorations replaced with new ones. 

Some times old fillings and crowns can ‘leak’ allowing bacteria to get underneath the tooth where flossing or tooth brushing cannot reach and this will prevent you being completely successful in eliminating your bad breath. 

The treatment: 
Having pointed out the areas that trap food debris and accumulate plaque the hygienist will carefully clean around every tooth removing the bacteria and deposits. This may take a number of visits 

Once all the deposits have been removed from your teeth you will be shown ways of eliminating the bacteria from between the teeth using special tooth paste. This home care is very important. You will also be given an oral rinse that contains chlorine dioxide to combat the odour causing sulphur compounds. 

Most treatments will also involve irrigation of the gum around the teeth, (a form of cleansing), with mouthwash and some skill is required for this.