There are few things that are more off-putting than bad breath. Not just the breath of someone who’s eaten garlic pasta for lunch; had a few too many drinks; or just finished smoking a cigar. Although often pungent and strong, this type of breath can be masked with mints, gum or mouthwash.
The bad breath that we need to be concerned with is that type that’s almost offensively foul-smelling, chronic and persistent. In more cases than not, such bad breath originates in the mouth, although it can also be a side-effect of various medical conditions.
Unfortunately, most people who have bad breath are unaware of it, because it’s difficult for us to smell our own breath. So hopefully, if you have bad breath, a family member or close friend will have the courage to tell you, and if someone you know has a similar problem, you’ll do likewise. It’s something you never want to hear first from a stranger…
How Bad Breath can be Treated or Cured?
Your Holistic Dental practitioner can help identify whether bad breath is caused by some problem relating to your mouth, teeth or gums, such as gum disease, tooth decay, ill-fitting dentures or food stagnation areas (such as cavities).
In our experience, a great deal of bad breath is the result of gum disease, which might simply require scaling and tooth polishing by one of our dental hygienists, or may require more involved treatment such as root planing and the use of antibiotics.
However, while these treatments will help promote good breath, without good oral hygiene practices and regular (at least twice yearly) check-ups by your Holistic Dental practitioner or hygienist, it’s highly likely that bad breath will return.