There’s no shame in having halitosis (or bad breath, as it is more commonly known).
In fact, 95% of us suffer from bad breath at some time in our lives, and one in four adults suffers from bad breath on a regular basis.
A quick way to test the potency of your breath is to lick the inside of your wrist with the back of your tongue, let it dry for a few seconds, and then smell. If you subsequently find yourself recoiling in horror then you should perhaps consider visiting your dental hygienist.
Bad breath usually stems from poor oral hygiene especially the tongue area where millions of bacteria live feasting on food and cells, releasing smelly compounds such as hydrogen sulfide, which smells like rotten eggs, and methyl mercaptan, which smells like rotten cabbage, dimethyl sulfide (think rotten seaweed) and the tellingly named cadaverine, putrescine and skatole are just a few such pungent molecules.
Some people can brush many times a day and still have bad breath, because they’re not cleaning correctly or missing areas such as between their teeth or awkward wisdom teeth, supermarket mouthwashes only hide the problem for a short time then you’re back to covering your mouth while talking!
Other causes can be dehydration; a major factor in this region when temperatures soar to 44c, dry mouth caused by medication, smoking and other dietary habits. Only a very small number of people with halitosis have issues originating from the throat, nose or stomach, so your first call should always be your dental surgery and not your doctor.
At Dentist Direct we can help you identify the cause of halitosis and cure this embarrassing problem. We will identify areas of bacteria accumulation in your mouth and show you the best way to control them. We examine your gums for signs of gum disease, provide a thorough hygiene treatment including cleansing of your tongue, followed by an Oral ProBiotic Rinse containing a blend of three select oral bacterial strains; S. oralis, S. uberis, and S. rattus for improving oral health, freshening your breath, and whitening your teeth, while controlling the aggressive bacteria that cause bad breath.
This will be maintained at home with the oral hygiene regime and lifestyle changes along with daily Oral ProBiotic Lozenges, these support the good bacteria present in your mouth which undergo constant challenges from stress, medication, illness, food and drinks we consume.