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Oral hygienist advice

Fresh Breath Clinic

It is estimated that millions of people suffer from Chronic Bad Breath (Halitosis).

Halitosis is an embarrassing problem that can affect you both personally and socially.

Bad Breath is a common ailment which can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. However, dental problems account for the majority of bad breath disorders. These can range from broken or leaking fillings to gum disorders and the accumulation of tartar.

Bad Breath can also be caused by poor dental hygiene resulting in the accumulation of bacteria, which release gases with an unpleasant odour.

Treatment is based on an integrated approach involving a detailed examination and correction of any underlying dental disease.

 Following treatment, an effective home care regime is individually designed for each patient.

TSCB recognises the concern and anguish that Bad Breath can bring to someone and pride itself in being able to help its patients alleviate this common problem using modern techniques. The TSCB also recognises the need for comfort and confidentiality.

 

Frequently asked questions

What is bad breath?

Bad breath, or otherwise known as oral malodour or halitosis, is a build up of several gases produced by excess bacteria. These gases produce an unpleasant odour, which is noticeable when one speaks or breathes out. This can often be worse after a night's sleep and is called "Morning Breath". This is also treatable.

 

Where does the problem come from?

Bad breath is a common condition, which usually originates in the mouth. Research shows 55% to 65% of people have halitosis chronically and 95% at some time or other. Even when the sufferer is diligent with good oral hygiene, bad breath usually still comes from the "oral cavity". Bad breath almost never comes from the gastro-intestinal tract (stomach).

 

What causes bad breath?

Oral malodour mainly occurs from an accumulation of oral bacteria if the whole mouth is not thoroughly cleaned daily. Other conditions that can influence bad breath are illness, low fluid intake, stress, lack of salivary flow and exercise

 

How can I tell if I have Bad Breath?

It is notoriously difficult for anyone to detect whether they themselves have halitosis. The best way to check if you have bad breath is to ask a family member, partner or a close friend for their opinion. Another simple way to check if you have bad breath is to lick your wrist, starting at the back of the tongue and wiping the inner wrist to the tip. Leave the saliva to dry for 10 seconds and smell the area for any unpleasant odours. Many people think they have a problem with halitosis when they really do not. TSCB can examine and test you to find out if there is really a problem.

 

Even though I brush my teeth daily, I still have bad breath. Why?

The odour of bad breath is caused by oral bacteria. People who have gum disease have more oral malodour than people without gum disease. If your gums have any redness, swelling or bleed at all on brushing, flossing or interdental cleaning then you may well have some gum disease. However, gums may not be the only area where bad breath originates due to bacterial build-up within the mouth.

 

Can mouthwash or tablets cure my bad breath?

An average of £258 million per year spent in the U.K. on mouth fresheners that do not work or are not used correctly. They simply disguise one odour with another that lasts no more than 15 minutes. Mouth rinses alone will not solve the problem. The treatment of halitosis is more complex and combines several approaches.

 

Is oral malodour (bad breath) treatment successful?

Yes! The modern techniques used at the Oakwood Dental Centre have been extremely successful in conquering the problems caused by oral malodour. The vast majority of patients have experienced a total cure or at least a very substantial reduction in bad breath. The treatment is both painless and not at all invasive.

Comfort and confidentiality are our key concerns.

 

Do foods cause temporary bad breath?

Yes. This is known as "Food Breath". It is a well-known fact that certain foods such as onions, pizza, garlic, alcohol and spicy foods can cause bad breath. However, not eating these foods solves this problem. Likewise, many kinds of medication can have a similar effect.