Preventative Dentistry » Fresh Breath
Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes. You can suffer from bad breath if you have poor dental hygiene. Without regular brushing and flossing most people develop gum disease between their back teeth which results in the release of sulphur compounds which have an unpleasant odour. Another contributor to gum disease and therefore of bad breath is smoking.
Some people find that they have bad breath frequently and there may be an underlying medical cause, such as throat, nose or lung infections and sinusitis, bronchitis or diabetes.
Bad breath is also caused or made worse by strong foods like garlic, onions and coffee.
Bad breath can be prevented by following a daily oral hygiene regime involving daily cleaning between the back teeth with floss, small brushes or toothpicks, and also by using a tongue scraper to remove sulphur compound deposits on your tongue. Regular trips to the hygienist will also ensure your plaque levels are kept under control.