Most adults suffer from bad breath occasionally, although it may affect up between a quarter and half of adults on a regular basis.
Occasional bad breath is usually caused by strong foods like garlic, onions and coffee. Persistent bad breath is usually brought on by the breakdown of proteins by bacteria somewhere in the mouth, usually as a result of gum disease or dry mouth. However, problems with the airways, oesophagus and stomach can also lead to bad breath. Smoking causes its own type of bad breath as well as leading to higher levels of gum disease and dry mouth.
Factors that affect the mouth and cause bad breath
• Gum disease
• Food stagnation between the teeth
• A dry mouth, which can be common as we get older and is also caused by a number of medications
• Excessive bacterial activity on the tongue, possibly due to postnasal drip (catarrh coming down the back of the throat from the sinuses and nasal passages)
• Throat or tonsil infection
How can bad breath be treated?
As bad breath is almost always caused by a problem in the mouth, it is helpful to visit a qualified and experience dental hospital. Do not try to mask the odour before the visit – it needs to be as typical as possible.
If there is any dental treatment required to treat gum disease or reduce food stagnation areas, this will be carried out.
Most bad breath is as a result of gum disease and treatment of the gum disease by scaling and polishing the teeth and teaching a good home oral care routine will help reduce the bad breath.
If no oral cause can be identified, we may suggest that you consult a doctor to ascertain the reason for bad breath.
Besides maintaining good oral hygiene, Dr Gowd’s Dental Hospitals also recommend patients regularly get their teeth professionally cleaned to tackle bad breath.
BAD BREATH AND DENTAL PROBLEMS DUE TO DIABETES. TREATMENT AND PRECAUTIONS