What is bad breath?
Bad breath, or otherwise known as oral malodor or halitosis, is a build up of several gases produced by excess bacteria. These gases produce an unpleasant odor, which is noticeable when one speaks or breathes out. This can often be worse after a night’s sleep and is called “Morning Breath”. This is also treatable.
Where does the problem come from?
Bad breath is a common condition, which usually originates in the mouth. Research shows 55% to 65% of people have halitosis chronically and 95% at some time or other. Even when the sufferer is diligent with good oral hygiene, bad breath usually still comes from the “oral cavity”. Bad breath almost never comes from the gastrointestinal tract (stomach).
What causes bad breath?
Oral malodor mainly occurs from an accumulation of oral bacteria if the whole mouth is not thoroughly cleaned daily. Other conditions that can influence bad breath are illness, low fluid intake, stress, lack of salivary flow and exercise
How can I tell if I have Bad Breath?
It is notoriously difficult for anyone to detect whether they themselves have halitosis. The best way to check if you have bad breath is to ask a family member, partner or a close friend for their opinion. Another simple way to check if you have bad breath is to lick your wrist, starting at the back of the tongue and wiping the inner wrist to the tip. Leave the saliva to dry for 10 seconds and smell the area for any unpleasant odors. Many people think they have a problem with halitosis when they really do not. TSCB can examine and test you to find out if there is really a problem.
Even though I brush my teeth daily, I still have bad breath. Why?
The odor of bad breath is caused by oral bacteria. People who have gum disease have more oral malodor than people without gum disease. If your gums have any redness, swelling or bleeding at all on brushing, flossing or interdental cleaning then you may well have some gum disease. However, gums may not be the only area where bad breath originates due to bacterial build-up within the mouth.
Can mouthwash or tablets cure my bad breath?
An average of £258 million per year spent in the U.K. on mouth fresheners that do not work or are not used correctly. They simply disguise one odor with another that lasts no more than 15 minutes. Mouth rinses alone will not solve the problem. The treatment of halitosis is more complex and combines several approaches.
Is oral malodor (bad breath) treatment successful?
Yes! The modern techniques used at the Oakwood Dental Centre have been extremely successful in conquering the problems caused by oral malodor. The vast majority of patients have experienced a total cure or at least a very substantial reduction in bad breath. The treatment is both painless and not at all invasive.