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27
May 2021
Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a cause of significant embarrassment and concern to the sufferer as well as being unpleasant for those around them.

Approximately 30% of the population has chronic bad breath and 70% of the population notice it on other people. 

Contrary to popular opinion, the majority of cases of bad breath begin in the mouth and not in the stomach. 

Around 80% of bad breath cases are linked to the gases given off by the dead bacteria involved in gum disease.

What causes bad breath? 

•   Poor oral hygiene 

•   Gum disease 

•   Poor fitting crowns or bridgework 

•   Deficient fillings 

•   Poorly cleaned dentures 

•   Morning/menstrual breath 

•   Fasting 

•   Some medical conditions 

•   Food or drink 

•   Smoking 

What can be done to combat bad breath? 

To maintain fresh breath there are a number of products and techniques that can be used: 

•   Regular and thorough brushing using a Fluoride toothpaste 

•       Brush your tongue –large amounts of bacteria live on your tongue! 

•       Brush around where the tooth meets the gum as well as the tooth surfaces. 

•       Clean in-between the teeth with floss or interdental brushes. 

•       Ask the Dentist or Hygienist to demonstrate the use of an electric toothbrush

•       Use ‘Oral B Superfloss’ to clean around bridgework. 

•       Use a mouthwash - preferably one that contains fluoride. 

•       Thorough cleaning of dentures using specially designed cleaning products such as ‘Steradent’. 

•       See your Dentist regularly so that they can treat and prevent any problems. 

•       Use ‘Ultradex’ toothpaste and mouthwash available at most chemists 

For further information, please visit:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/bad-breath-what-causes-it-and-what-to-do-about-it-2019012115803

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