Dr Shervin here from Artistic Dental Studio with another blog.
In this blog, I’m going to address 5 FAQs about bad breath. We all know how drastically bad breath could affect our lives. it could cause lack of self-confidence, reduce social encounters, affect sex life, and so on and so forth.
After reading this blog, you’ll get an idea about what could cause bad breath and how you can tackle that.
Where is it coming from?
Bad breath (halitosis) could have numerous causes. Let’s divide them into 2 groups: intraoral and extraoral.
Intraoral source could be because of:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Gum disease
- Infected teeth
- Fillings or crowns with gaps
- Furred tongue
- Some mucosal diseases of the mouth
- Blockage or infection of salivary glands
- Lack of saliva
Extraoral causes could be:
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Respiratory problems
- Some systemic diseases (diabetes)
Who shall we go to?
First of all, you need to see your GP to make sure there are no systemic causes. Then, your dentist could help you find the source intraorally.
What will be done at dentist’s?
You need to go through a comprehensive examination including charting, photos, X Rays and possibly some other tests. Once all information is gathered, dentist could let you know what course you need to follow to achieve the best result.
What is the most common cause of bad breath in mouth?
Firstly, poor oral hygiene. Twice brushing and once flossing daily is a must and this is what needs to be done correctly. The use of mouthwash is complementary and could never replace brushing or flossing.
Secondly, gum disease. It’s Unfortunately relatively painless and unnoticed by patients. Tartar, plaque, and deep pockets around the teeth are a good niche for bacteria to thrive and produce bad smell.
I hope this block could have helped you get a rough idea what bad breath is and how it could be controlled.
Enjoy the rest of your day!