FRESH BREATH & DRY MOUTH
Did you know?
- Approximately 1 in 4 people have bad breath (halitosis) on a regular basis
- 67% of people have refused a second date due to bad breath
- Teenagers are twice as likely to suffer from bad breath when they skip breakfast
- 90% of cases of bad breath originates in the mouth
- Brushing alone only cleans about 60% of the tooth surfaces.
Halitosis can drastically impair lifestyle, having a major impact on social activities, friendships, relationships and on career progression.
So how do you know if you have bad breath?
Try a simple test: lick the back of your wrist and sniff, if the smell is unpleasant, it is almost certain your breath is too.
The most common cause of bad breath is the smelly gases (volatile sulphur compounds or VSCs) that the bacteria in your mouth release if cleaning is not up to scratch.
Other causes include gum disease, decay, a poorly cleaned denture, food (e.g. garlic) and drink (e.g. coffee), smoking, dry mouth and sometimes certain medical conditions.
Dry mouth (or Xerostomia) is caused by a reduction in the flow of saliva. This is a serious condition and it is very important that it is not ignored as it has profound implications for your oral and general wellbeing.
Most commonly a dry mouth may be caused by mouth breathing, snoring, anxiety, smoking and alcohol.
It is also a common side effect of many prescribed medications and is often a complication of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Conditions such as diabetes, anaemia, Sjogrens, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's can also cause a dry mouth.
So what can you do if you suspect you have bad breath or dry mouth?
Make an appointment to come in and see us.
Our dedicated dental and hygiene teams can check for the causes and show you how to treat, alleviate and prevent these serious and unpleasant conditions.
If you want to know more about fresh breath or would like to arrange an appointment please contact us on 0208 460 9742 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org