Bad breath is experienced by most people at some time. It may simply be “morning breath” but can be a persistent chronic condition which affects a person’s everyday life and confidence. It is almost always caused initially by poor oral hygiene leading to a build up of excess bacteria in the mouth and which gives off smelly gases. To see a video of these bacteria click the video link below. So, contrary to popular belief the following do not usually contribute towards the problem of halitosis: constipation, tonsils, gastro-intestinal problems and food.
Persistent problems with bad breath are often associated with gum disease (also known as gingivitis) as people who suffer from gum disease have four times the chance of suffering from bad breath or halitosis. Gum disease may also lead to receding gums (see below for details).
If you suspect you are suffering from either of these and / or that you have bad breath then a visit to your dentist (Click here for the ‘Teeth for Life’ practice) or an advanced Fresh Breath Centre is required (Click here for appointment information).
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Gum Disease (Gingivitis)
This is a superficial infection of the gum tissue which does not yet effect the underlying bone. The gums may have some or all of the following signs:
1. Redness and puffiness
2. Bleeding when brushed or flossed
3. Bad odour
Receeding Gums (Peridontitis)
The root of the tooth can become visible due to shrinking of the gums away from the crown. This is caused by periodontal disease and makes the teeth look longer and feel more sensitiive to hot or cold and very often affects the patients every waking moment. See image on right.