What causes bad breath?
Most people have bad breath problems at some time or another, and in 9 out of 10 cases the cause originates within the mouth. Bad breath can be a social problem, unpleasant for others and embarrassing for the person who has it. Research shows that it may also indicate gum disease, such as gingivitis or periodontitis. Therefore, a comprehensive oral hygiene regime is very important to keep your breath smelling fresh.
The bacteria on our teeth and gums (plaque) also cause gum disease and tooth decay. Visiting your experienced dentist and hygienist at The Dental Studio in Colchester regularly will not only help you to achieve fresher breath, but will also allow the us to check for and treat gum disease and tooth decay.
How can I tell if I have bad breath?
Lots of small signals can show that you have bad breath. Have you noticed people stepping away or looking away when you start to talk?
If you think you might have bad breath, there is a simple test that you can do. Simply lick the inside of your unscented wrist and sniff – if the smell is bad, you can be pretty sure that your breath is too.
Or, ask a very good friend to be absolutely honest, but do make sure they are a true friend.
How can my dentist help
If you do have bad breath, you will need to start a routine for keeping your mouth clean and fresh. Regular check-ups will allow your dentist to watch out for any areas where plaque is caught between your teeth. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to clean all those areas that are difficult to reach. They will also be able to show you the best way to clean your teeth and gums, and show you any areas you may be missing, including your tongue.
One of the early warning signs of gum disease is that you may have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. Again, your dentist or hygienist will be able to see and treat the problem during your regular check-ups. The earlier the problems are found, the more effective the treatment will be.