Bad breath has got to be up there with body odour as a miserable condition that affects you in all your dealings with other people. If you suffer from bad breath, you may be spending a fortune on breath fresheners to no avail. If so, you will be pleased to know that there is a very good chance that your dentist in Bromley can help make it go away.
Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. It affects about 3 in every 10 people. At All Smiles Dental Care, your dentist in Bromley – our principal dentist Dr Ashish Deved – is a qualified medical doctor as well as a dentist. He can therefore approach your problem from a medical point of view as well as a dental one.
What to do next
Before you come to see us, it worth upping your oral care routine, especially if your halitosis is a recent unwelcome arrival. It could be that you just need to be more diligent with brushing and flossing. Try it after every meal. If that doesn’t work, then you can book an appointment with your dentist in Bromley.
When you come to see us with halitosis, it helps if you can arrive without having used breath fresheners of any sort. How your breath smells may give us clues as to what is going on.
Our first check is for rotting food stuck between your teeth, a problem that is easily solved. After that we look at the amount of plaque on your teeth and whether it is harbouring bad breath-inducing bacteria. That can be solved with a good scale and polish.
We will also look at whether your diet is high in strong foods such as onions and garlic, which exit the body via the lungs. Smoking, of course, can give you bad breath, as can going on a diet.
All these culprits are easy to deal with, but if your bad breath is the result of none of the above, then we have to start looking at whether it is a symptom of something more serious, such as gum disease, a respiratory tract infection, chronic sinusitis or diabetes.