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Bad breath (halitosis) is a common problem which often comes from a variety of bacteria in the mouth. although there is no way of knowing for sure, most adults suffer from bad breath occasionally, with perhaps 25% suffering on a regular basis.

Is bad breath treatable?
In the past, bad breath was considered to be an incurable affliction. However, in recent years it has it has become increasingly evident that bad breath is usually treatable once a proper diagnosis is made.
The main problem is knowing whether we have it or not, because we are poor judges of our own odours. The best way to find out is to ask for someone's opinion. If we don't ask other people are unlikely to tell us. And since bad breath can sometimes - fortunately rarely - be a sign of a significant health problem, we should not be reluctant to tell people dear to us that they have a breath problem.

What should I do if I have bad breath?
Seek help! The Breath Odour Clinic specializes in the treatment of bad breath.

What will happen at my appointments?
We will ask questions to help determine the possible causes of the odour, and then compare the odour from your mouth and none. In most cases, about 90%, the odour comes from the mouth not the nose. this is an indication that bacterial activity in the mouth is responsible for the odour.
We also take readings using a sulphur monitor to help in diagnosis and treatment, since volatile sulphur components are usually associated with bad breath.
We look at your food and fluid intake, your activity levels, and various quality of life issues, as many factors influence your oral condition.

Where does the odour come from?
Most cases of bad breath appear to be caused by the breakdown of proteins by a variety of microorganisms. Several of the breakdown products are foul smelling gases. Although we don't know why, the very back of the tongue is an important source of bad breath.

What can I do?

  • Have your mouth examined and your teeth cleaned periodically.
  • Floss between your teeth. Use unscented unwaxed floss so that you can detect those areas between your teeth that give off odours. Clean more carefully
  • Brush your teeth, gums and tongue properly
  • Drink plenty of non alcoholic fluids
  • If someone you know had bad breath, find a way to let them know.

Professional diagnosis and treatment can turn bad breath in good breath.
Remember bad breath is a problem that needs professional attention.

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