Incorporating the Docklands Dental Referral Centre
Tel: 0207 538 9990

Fresh breath gum treatment

Bad breath (halitosis) can be the result of poor mouth hygiene and could be the sign of other health problems. The types of foods you eat can also be a contributing factor.

Food isn't just broken down in your stomach, it also takes place in your mouth. When food is digested it is absorbed into your blood, which moves around your body and eventually to your lungs, which then transfers to your breath. Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash will only cover up strong odours temporarily.

When you don't brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis, small bits of food stay in your mouth and cause bacterial growth on your tongue, gums and teeth. This is what causes bad breath.

If you constantly have bad breath it may be a sign of gum (periodontal) disease, which is caused when plaque is allowed to build up on your teeth. Toxins are formed in the mouth by bacteria which irritate your gums. This can damage your gums and jawbone is it continues untreated.

Your dentist will be able to help treat the cause of bad breath. If gum disease is the reason behind your mouth odour, then your dentist can treat the disease directly or refer you to a periodontist (a dental specialising in gum disease treatment.