Achieving Fresh Breath

There is short term bad breath usually caused by foods such as garlic and onions.  This will usually disappear over time following brushing, flossing and rinsing.

Long term bad breath in most cases can be a sign of dental and oral issues, including tooth decay and sulphur producing bacteria which can colonise diseased gums and the back (dorsal) surface of the tongue.

If you find people are moving back away from you during conversation, ask a trusted friend or family member for their opinion.  This can be embarrassing but its better to be aware so you can take action.

First thing is a dental consultation to look for the most usual causes such as tooth decay and gum disease.

If the bad breath persists, gentle but effective tongue cleaning may also be requires.  There are a variety of tongue brushes and scrapers which are uses with a from back towards front scraping action remembering the worst bacteria are further back so reach back as far as possible before moving the scraper forward.

We look for dry mouth caused by:

  • Medicine
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Stress
  • Smoking

For these, keeping well hydrated right through the day, spraying small amounts of water from a pocket spray can help.  Biotene spray is also good for stimulating more saliva (a pocket sprayer is better as large amounts of water taken all day will send one to the toilet too often).

If still no result it is now time to see your medical doctors who will look for chronic sinusitis with a post nasal drip.  A blood test will help look for undiagnosed diabetes, thyroid and liver function and vitamin deficiencies.

As you can see it is usually easy but can sometimes take a little while to find the cause and eliminate bad breath.  People often become more socially confident and in some cases have better long term health.

Who to see?

Drs Sylvia, Angela and John can all help you with this.

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