Bad breath is a common problem and has several causes. Quite often people who think they have bad breath simply smell of the foods they have been eating, such as garlic, onions or spicy food. Brushing your teeth, eating sugar-free mints or using mouthwash may help to mask this odour, but it will only go completely in its own time.
Other types of bad breath tend to be caused by problems with your teeth and gums. Food can get caught between your teeth and cause an offensive smell, and decaying teeth can also smell unpleasant. Gum disease, where your gums become infected by bacteria, can also cause bad breath.
A good oral healthcare routine can help to prevent problem smells. This means brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between teeth and around the gumline with an interdental cleaner, and cleaning your tongue (with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper). You should also visit your dentist and hygienist as often as recommended to ensure potential problems are noticed and treated early.
If you think you may have bad breath, please do come and speak to us about it. There is no need to be embarrassed – we will be happy to help you.
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Dr Paul Abrahams is the principal dentist at SmileMore and has worked in North London for 21 years providing general and cosmetic dental care.
Dr Paul Abrahams heads up the SmileMore Dental Care team. He qualified at Guys Dental Hospital in 1989, and has undertaken extensive postgraduate studies in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry since.