If you think you might have bad breath, try this test, lick the inside of your wrist and sniff. If the smell is bad, you can be pretty sure your breath is too.
Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes.
Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth and gums. Strong food such as garlic, onions, some spices and coffee can add to the problem.
It can also be caused by medical problems such as dry mouth, some medicines, breathing through the mouth rather than the nose, infections of the throat, nose or lungs, sinusitis, bronchitis, diabetes and liver or kidney problems. If we find your mouth is healthy, we would advise referral to your GP for further investigations.
Our dental hygienist will be able to provide any treatments necessary to ensure your gums are healthy. They can also provide you with advice and information about products that can help with bad breath.