Bad breath or halitosis is extremely common, and the cure for this dental problem is very simple.
In 90% of cases, bad breath is generated in the mouth, where bacteria produce gases which tend to smell like rotten eggs. These bacteria often hide in the areas that you miss when you clean your teeth, as well as on the back of your tongue. Smoking is another prime culprit â by drying your mouth it makes the odour worse and also builds-up harmful tar and nicotine inside your mouth.
The Halitosis cure
Under our care here at Absolute Dental, Manchester we will investigate your mouth, diagnose the exact cause of your bad breath and show you exactly how to tackle it as part of your regular routine. If gum disease is the cause of halitosis, our expert dental hygienists will clean the pockets between your teeth and gums to remove the ingrained bacteria.
Absolute Dentalâs expert Hygienists advise that you brush and floss thoroughly to remove the bacteria that are producing the halitosis gases. You should also clean your tongue using your toothbrush or a special scraper.
They also suggest you use a mouthwash that contains chlorine dioxide, since this will break down the gases that cause bad breath. It is best to use these mouthwashes just before you go to sleep and make sure you gargle for at least 30 seconds to ensure you rinse all the parts of your mouth thoroughly. Do not waste your money on the normal, mediocre mouthwashes, because some of these contain alcohol, which will merely dry the mouth, making the odour worse.
Many of our patients ask if halitosis is the same as garlic or onion breath and while you can get transient bad breath from your diet, such as regularly eating lots of garlic and onions, mouthwashes or mints can mask most dietary causes. Bacteria cause true halitosis, which produces gases that smell similar to rotten eggs.
Since it is almost impossible to smell your own bad breath, simply ask a friend or family member. Alternatively, you can try two simple tests. Firstly, take a piece of unwaxed, unflavored floss and move it between one of your back teeth â wait 30 seconds and then smell it to see if the odour is bad. Secondly, lick your wrist, wait a short while and then smell it to test the odour.