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Bad breath

Bad breath is a common problem and has a number of causes. Quite often people who think they have bad breath simply smell of the foods they have been eating, such as garlic, onions or spicy food. Brushing your teeth, eating sugar-free mints or using mouthwash may help to mask this odour, but it will only go completely in its own time.

Gum disease can cause bad breath

Other types of bad breath tend to be caused by problems with your teeth and gums. Food can get caught between your teeth and cause an offensive smell, and decaying teeth can also smell unpleasant. Gum disease, where your gums become infected by bacteria, can also cause bad breath.

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Reducing potential problems

A good oral healthcare routine can help to prevent problem smells. This means brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between teeth and around the gumline with an interdental cleaner, and cleaning your tongue (with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper). You should also ensure to visit us as often as recommended to ensure potential problems are noticed early.

If you think you may have bad breath, please do come and speak to us about it. There is no need to be embarrassed – we will be happy to help you.

This page was last updated on 17 of July 2011

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