Bad breath, or halitosis, to give it its proper medical name, is an unpleasant condition that can make you feel self-conscious when you’re around other people. Fortunately, there are simple ways to tackle this embarrassing problem, but finding the right way to ease your halitosis will depend on what’s causing your breath to smell bad.
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Causes of bad breath include:
Ask a friend or member of your family to check your breath because it is often impossible to detect your own bad breath. You could also try these two easy tests. First, place a piece of unflavoured, unwaxed floss between one of your back teeth. After waiting 30 seconds, sniff the floss to check if the odour is unpleasant. To check the odour, lick your wrist, wait a short while, and then smell it.
This means regularly and effectively brushing your teeth, including and cleaning between teeth.
These routine daily procedures are usually sufficient to look after your teeth and to treat or prevent halitosis. However, if you still have bad breath coming from your mouth then the following extra measures may help cure the problem.
Consider using a mouthwash each day. Chemicals in the mouthwash aim to kill germs (bacteria) and/or neutralise any chemicals that cause halitosis. It is difficult to advise on which mouthwash is the most effective. A number of clinical trials have shown that various ingredients are good at reducing bad breath. These include chlorhexidine, cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorine dioxide, zinc chloride and triclosan. The various mouthwashes that you can buy usually contain one or more of these ingredients, plus various other ingredients.
Note: some people are reluctant to use a chlorhexidine-containing mouthwash long-term. This is because it has a bad taste, can give rise to a burning sensation in the mouth if used too frequently, and can cause (reversible) staining of the teeth or occasionally some temporary darkening of the tongue. Also, some mouthwashes contain alcohol as one of their ingredients. There is some concern that long-term use of alcohol-containing mouthwashes may be a risk factor in the development of mouth cancer. Also, young children should not use a mouthwash if they may swallow it.
Consider cleaning the back of your tongue each day. Some people do this with a soft toothbrush dipped in mouthwash (not toothpaste). An easier and better way is to buy a special plastic tongue scraper from a pharmacy. You need to place it as far back as you can and then gently scrape forward to clear the tongue of any coating. Some studies suggest that tongue scrapers or cleaners are slightly more effective than toothbrushes as a means of controlling halitosis.
Some people chew sugar-free gum after each meal. It is not clear how well gum helps to reduce bad breath but chewing gum increases the production of saliva. Saliva helps to flush the mouth to help clear any debris remaining from the meal.
Sugars and sugary foods in the mouth are the main foods that germs (bacteria) thrive on to make acid which can contribute to tooth decay. Acidic foods and drinks are also a main factor in tooth erosion. So, some tips:
Under our care, we will investigate your mouth, diagnose the exact cause of your bad breath and show you exactly how to tackle it as part of your regular routine. If gum disease is the cause of halitosis, we will clean the pockets between your teeth and gums to remove the ingrained bacteria.
The first thing we advise for bad breath treatment is that you brush and floss thoroughly to remove the bacteria that are producing the halitosis gases. You should also clean your tongue using your toothbrush or a special scraper.
We further suggest you use a mouthwash that contains chlorine dioxide, since this will break down the gases that cause bad breath. It is best to use these mouthwashes just before you go to sleep and make sure you gargle for at least 30 seconds to ensure you rinse all the parts of your mouth thoroughly. Do not waste your money on the normal, mediocre mouthwashes, because some of these contain alcohol which will merely dry the mouth, making the odour worse.
This will naturally depend on the cause. For example, if it turns out you have nasal polyps, you might be prescribed a steroid nasal spray, or have an operation. If you have acid reflux, you may prescribed medicines such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or ranitidine. You may be prescribed antibiotics if you have an infection, etc. Best to consult your GP.
For most people this won’t be necessary. You would have an examination of your mouth by your dentist. In some cases the dentist may suggest an X-ray to look further at your teeth. Your doctor may ask about other symptoms and examine you to look for other causes if the dentist cannot find a cause. If this is the case, you may need some tests to assess if you have a less common cause of halitosis. This might include:
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