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
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
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
Where does the odour come
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
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
- 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
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