Bad breath can be extremely embarrassing for you and for those around you. It can also lead to problems in your health, your confidence level, your relationships, and your work. Bacteria present in your mouth can develop into the bad breath that causes these embarrassing problems. This bacterium comes into contact with the foods that you eat and will release a foul odor. You may not even notice that your breath is odorous until someone mentions it to you.
Effective bad breath treatment involves finding and eliminating the source of the odor. Some causes of bad breath include sulphur-producing bacteria, abscesses in the gums, some prescription medicines, dry mouth, tobacco chewing, smoking, and alcohol.
These bacteria can be found on the surface of the tongue and in the throat.
Other causes within the mouth are tooth decay and gum problems. Tooth decay can result in small holes in the teeth. These holes have the potential of releasing foul odors from the rotting teeth near the gums. Abscesses in the gums themselves can contain pus that emits a foul odor. Odors from each of these sources can multiply and make your breath smell really bad.
Some prescription medicines such as anti-depressants and anti-histamines will also cause you to experience bad breath. If you suffer from dry mouth in the mornings, you will have what is commonly known as ‘morning breath’. This is caused by dead cells that accumulate in the mouth. These cells will decompose and cause a terrible odor.
Before heading to the dentist for a potentially expensive bad breath treatment, you can try some common home remedies. There are several simple things that you can do to relieve your bad breath.
These remedies include:
- brushing your teeth with baking soda to reduce the acid level in your mouth
- brushing and rinsing with peroxide when you have a cold or an upper respiratory infection gargling with salt water
- brushing your teeth daily before going to bed
- avoiding foods that are processed with refined carbohydrates and sugars
- drinking the recommended amount of water daily
Some less common bad breath treatments that you can do in your home are to mix fenugreek seeds with water to make a tea to drink, chew on an unripe guava or on its leaves, and eat avocado.
If these remedies do not work, you may want to consult a dentist for bad breath treatment.
If your bad breath does not go away after using any of the home remedies, it is necessary to go to the dentist or to the doctor to receive a bad breath treatment. Your dentist may have you use a saliva substitute if the cause is dry mouth. This treatment is only given when the dry mouth condition has not been caused by allergic reactions.
Another treatment option that the dentist may try is a thorough cleaning to remove plaque. The best way to avoid having bad breath is to get routine dental cleanings and to maintain your teeth with proper daily brushing and flossing.
To find out more or to book your treatment call 01923 223 278.