Bad breath? Your dentist can help

The first thing Ana does when she wakes up in the morning is to brush her teeth thoroughly. For her, this first brushing of the day is essential. After a few hours, however, Ana's mouth feels pasty again and she even senses that her breath doesn't exactly smell like roses.

To try to combat it, she rinses her mouth throughout the day with mouthwashes that leave her with a fresh breath sensation. If he is in the middle of a work meeting, he reaches into his bag for a eucalyptus-flavoured chilli. Despite all your efforts, that unpleasant feeling of pasty mouth comes back after a while. Why is it so hard to get rid of bad breath?

In this new blog entry from Velez & LozanoYour dental clinic in Murcia, specialised in surgery and periodontics, prosthesis and occlusion, paediatric dentistry, dental aesthetics and orthodontics, among other personalised treatments; we would like to offer some keys to combat halitosis, popularly known as bad breath.

1) The mouth: key to halitosis treatment

In the event of any symptom or specific change in our body, it is essential to consult our family doctor immediately. However, in nine out of ten cases, bad breath is usually caused by some kind of problem in the mouth and not in the digestive system.

Go to the dentist and let him or her advise you. Hygiene is essential and, in addition to having your teeth professionally cleaned, he or she will give you some practical tips and advice for day-to-day life.

2) Gum problems are almost always responsible for bad breath.

The importance of the gums in our oral health is key and the truth is that gingivitis (inflammation with bleeding) or periodontal disease (can cause the gums to recede, with the consequent damage to our teeth) are behind a large number of cases of halitosis.

At this point we must be aware that bad breath is only a symptom of these pathologies, which are the ones we should really be concerned about. Putting ourselves in the hands of our trusted dentist is crucial so that the damage does not become irreversible.

3) Three out of ten people suffer or have suffered from halitosis.

It is a more common problem than it seems and recent studies indicate that three out of ten people suffer or have suffered from bad breath in their lifetime. The curious thing is that the number of sufferers could be much higher, as some people with the condition are not even aware of it.