Why do I have bad breath?

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Why do I have bad breath?

Concerns about bad breath are a common query we encounter at SHDC.  Often patients become aware of it themselves or are alerted to it by their partner or friends.  It can be an embarrassing condition to talk about, but our dentists and hygienists at SHDC will be happy to help with this.

There are a number of causes of bad breath.  A very common cause is the build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth.  Another is the presence of infections in the mouth or throat.  Food trapping due to cavities or lost fillings can result in bad breath too.  Patients with dry mouths and gastric reflux, and tend to experience bad breath more frequently as well.

The good news is that most of these causes can be easily addressed.  Our hygienists are experts at removing plaque and calculus, and teaching patients how to prevent it from returning.  Our dentists can treat dental infections and repair any broken fillings or food traps.  Sometimes they liaise with the patient’s GP if gastric reflux or dry mouth is playing a role.  Our hygienists can help with mouth rinses and products to help lubricate the mouth if need be.

If you have any concerns about bad breath, please call the practice on 8278 6858 to organise a consultation time.

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