Bad Breath . Don't be embarassed...we can help!

The guide:

How Does What You Eat Affect Breath?

All of the the food we eat is broken down in your mouth. Once they are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, they are eventually carried to your lungs and given off in your breath. Eating foods with strong odours (such as garlic or onions), also causes odors which are merely covered up by brushing, flossing and even using mouthwash. The odor will not go away completely until the foods have passed through your body.

Why Do Poor Habits Cause Bad Breath?

If you don't brush and floss twice a day, food particles remain in your mouth, which promotes bacterial growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue. This causes bad breath. Antibacterial mouth rinses can also help reduce bacteria. Also if you are wearing dentures these food particles or odour producing foods can cause bad breath if the dentures are not cleaned properly.

Smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can also cause bad breath, stain teeth, reduce your ability to taste foods, and irritate the gums.

What Health Problems Are Associated With Bad Breath?

Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth may be warning signs of gum disease. Gum Disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. The bacteria cause toxins to form in the mouth, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and bone that holds the teeth in the jaws.

Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances and dental decay.

Dr mouth (also known as xerostomia) can also cause bad breath. Saliva moistens and cleanses the mouth by neutralising acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. These cells decompose and can cause bad breath if they are not removed. Dry mouth may be caused by the side effects of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth.

Many other diseases and illnesses may cause bad breath. Here are some to be aware of: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux and liver or kidney problems.

How to cure bad breath?

Chewing gums, mouth sprays, mouthwashes, mints are all useful to provide minty fresh breath but they will only mask the problem and not cure it!

Hygiene therapy is crucial to prevent bad breath. The hardened plaque that is attached to our teeth cannot be removed by our toothbrush and therefore a hygienist must use special instruments to remove it. This hardened plaque contains thousands of bacteria that cause bad breath. Also if the hardened plaque continues to grow it can sink underneath the gumline and stay hidden from the toothbrush and therefore more time may need to be spent by the hygienist to remove all of the calculus from underneath the gumline.

Don't let bad breath hinder your life any longer and book an appointment today!


We have been providing professional dental treatement to a very high standard for years. Here's what a few of our patients say about our service:

"I have been going to Alexandra Road Dental Practice for 15 years and couldn't think of a bad thing to say, from the second you walk in to the time you leave you feel safe and welcomed, the staff are fantastic and highly skilled in what they do, I would never go to another dentist after coming here." Valo Connors
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