Bad Breath Solution

Bad breath can be caused by several things. It is a common dental issue that you do not have to live with. Are you suffering with:

  • Bad Breath
  • Bleeding or Receding Gums
  • Sensitive Teeth
  • Feeling Self Conscious about appearance of teeth
  • Feeling embarrassed about bad breath

If any of those apply to you, you are in the right place. At Painfree Dentistry we offer a variety of treatments and offer guidance, so together we combat the effects of bad oral hygiene, gum disease, bad breath and more.

What is Bad Breath?

Bad breath is an unpleasant smell that can occur in your mouth. It can last a short period of time or be long lasting. It can be caused by both dental and other medical issues. Bad breath is common and can be easily treated in most cases. Every patient is different and we will work with you to fix any issues causing bad breath.

What is the Cause?

There are millions of bacteria living in your mouth. Most of these are on the back of the tongue and feed off the food that builds up in our mouth and around our teeth. The bacteria can sometimes produce a bad odour because of a sulphuric compound that the bacteria give off. There are conditions that affect the stomach and airways that can cause bad breath to. People that smoke and drink are also more likely to suffer from bad breath.

Here are some common causes of bad breath that can be treated by your dentist:

  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth – This condition affects the saliva
  • Tooth decay

Sometimes it may be another medical issue causing the odour. If your dentist does not see any obvious cause and your oral health is good, you may be refereed to your doctors surgery to see your GP. Some conditions which may need you to see a doctor instead of a dentist include:

  • Sinusitis
  • Stomach problems
  • Diabetes
  • Liver problems
  • Bronchitis
  • Kidney problems

How Can Bad Breath Be Treated?

The easiest and most effective way to treat bad breath is to improve your oral hygiene. To improve your oral hygiene, we recommend:

  • Brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day
  • Flossing
  • Using Mouthwash
  • Using toothpastes that contain fluoride

You can also change your lifestyle in minor ways to help stop bad breath occurring. These are:

  • Stopping or cutting back on smoking
  • Drinking more water
  • Stopping or cutting back on drinking alcohol
  • Having a balanced diet
  • Try sugar free chewing gum after meals – this stops as much food getting trapped and building up
  • Make regular visits to the dentist – together you can stop any issues occurring in the first place