Having to Deal with Halitosis

a woman covering her mouth

It can be awful to be on the receiving end of bad breath, and even worse to be on the emitting end of it. Halitosis, the medical term for bad breath, affects about three in every 10 people in an age where bad smells barely exist anymore, bad breath has become completely unacceptable, and a billion pound industry furnishes sufferers with sprays, mouthwashes and little sugarless mints. They may help a bit, but if halitosis doesn’t go away with a good toothbrushing, there may be more going on, and it is a good idea to get to the dentist in W1 for help in diagnosis and treatment.

Of course, the first step is to make sure that this unwelcome visitor is not borne on the winds of neglecting one’s oral health. Following a good regime for a few days, brushing and flossing with extra care, perhaps even after every meal rather than twice a day may take care of the problem. If it doesn’t, the next step is to see the dentist in W1. Good dentists in the area include Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Something rotten

Food can often get caught under the gums and between the teeth and if it starts to rot, it will cause bad breath. This is the most common cause of bad breath. Second to it comes plaque building up on the teeth. A good clean up with the dental hygienist at the dentist in W1 should sort out both of these problems.

Another problem comes from eating powerful foods, such as garlic and onions or from smoking. These are all absorbed into the bloodstream and then move into the lungs from where they are exhaled.

Changing one’s diet and quitting smoking can quickly get rid of bad breath.

However, if none of the above makes any difference, the bad breath could be a symptom of something more serious, including gum disease, infections in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis or diabetes.

Ask the dentist

It’s important, when seeking help, to come along without having brushed the teeth, as being able to smell the breath can help in diagnosis.