Many patients visit the dentist complaining of bad breath. Here at Glow Dental in Battersea, our focus is on preventative dentistry, helping to stop problems before they arise. If you experience persistent bad breath, you should visit our dental practice to help you find a permanent solution.
Pretty much everybody will experience bad breath at some point in their life. There are numerous causes of bad breath – also known as halitosis – and treatment will depend on cause. Visiting our Battersea dentist can help you ascertain what the cause of your breath problems are, and how best to treat it.
Common causes of bad breath include:
Strong-smelling foods such as garlic, onions, and spicy dishes such as curries can cause temporary bad breath. This doesn’t last long and can be helped by brushing your teeth after every meal. Drinks including coffee and alcohol can also contribute to bad breath.
Smoking cigarettes and cigars can also cause bad breath, as well as increasing your chances of developing gum disease. Speak to your dentist about smoking cessation services if you would like to quite.
Certain medicines cause bad breath as a side effect. Some angina and chemotherapy medications, and some tranquilisers, can cause bad breath. Your doctor can provide advice if this affects you.
Chemicals called ketones are produced when your body breaks down fat, which happens during crash diets and fasting sessions. A healthy, balanced diet will help.
The biggest cause of breath problems is inadequate dental hygiene, and here your dentist and hygienist can help. We offer full hygiene services at our Battersea practice.
Food particles can get trapped between teeth, causing plaque bacteria to build up. This can cause bad breath. Your dentist may recommend teeth straightening devices, while your hygienist can advise you on the best home cleaning routine to suit your individual needs.