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Bad Breath and Why You Shouldn’t Put up with It

Bad breath or halitosis can be extremely embarrassing and while most of us will have occasional bad breath, probably due to something we have eaten, some people will have a more permanent and persistent problem. It is extremely common and halitosis can be caused by a number of different things so it’s a good idea to find out why so you can take action to help freshen up your breath.

What Are Some of the Common Causes of Bad Breath?

bad breathPersistent bad breath can be caused by some underlying medical condition including throat or lung infections, sinusitis or bronchitis, chronic acid reflux or even liver or kidney problems. You’re also more likely to have bad breath if you have a condition called dry mouth or xerostomia where you don’t produce enough saliva to keep your mouth clean and comfortable. Saliva is essential for keeping a mouth nice and fresh as it helps to neutralise acid produced by plaque and washes away excess food particles and dead skin cells. Dry mouth is often a side effect of certain medications or is more likely if you breathe through your mouth. However many cases of bad breath are simply due to untreated dental diseases or poor oral hygiene, or even having badly fitting dental appliances.

If you think you might have bad breath, take action and book an appointment with our dentist in Downham Market. A proper check-up will help determine the cause of your bad breath and if necessary we can provide a treatment plan detailing suitable procedures to remedy any dental conditions such as untreated tooth decay or gum disease. If we can’t find the cause of your bad breath then we’ll suggest you visit your GP just in case you have a medical issue that requires attention.

Maintaining Fresh Breath

The good news is that once you have got rid of your halitosis and have treated any underlying dental problems, it’s relatively straightforward to maintain good dental health. A regular oral hygiene routine is essential for nice fresh breath as you should be brushing at least twice a day, preferably first thing in the morning and last thing at night and you must floss once-a-day. The best time to floss is last thing at night as the mouth produces less saliva during sleep so it’s a good idea to make sure your mouth is as clean as possible. Regular hygiene appointments and check-ups with our dentist in Downham Market will help keep your teeth and gums in good shape.

If you suspect you might have bad breath or are simply overdue for a check-up and cleaning, why not give Downham Market Dental Care a call today? You can book an appointment simply by giving us a call on 01366 382265.

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