Why bad breath is a worrying concern for well-being

Bad breath is hard to ignore and a condition that can be the cause of much embarrassment if not addressed. It is a less commonly known fact that there are a number of different types of bad breath and these can often be predictors of various medical conditions.

In the majority of cases, bad breath is the result of a lack of recommended daily oral hygiene practices, or an untreated dental condition. For the simple cause of improper dental hygiene, patients who implement and fastidiously stick to the endorsed methods of maintaining oral health, will find that often bad breath symptoms will disappear in time. The greater concern with bad breath is if the underlying cause lies with an oral health issue, one which would require a treatment plan supervised by a professional dentist in W1.  In this case bad breath will not resolve itself on its own and go away, no matter how hard you will it to, or ignore it. Bad breath symptoms can only get worse and the root cause can become more complex to treat.

Female dentist doing dental procedure

Seven different types of bad breath smells

After performing a comprehensive examination of the mouth, a dental practitioner can zero in on what is causing the bad breath. Bad breath can be categorized according to the type of odor given off, and depending on this, deductions can be made about possible medical conditions. There are various odors which may be recognized:

  1. A cheesy smell that is linked to nasal problems
  2. A foul fishy smell may be linked to kidney problems
  3. A fruity breath can signify uncontrolled high blood sugar levels
  4. Stale breath can be a sign of liver cirrhosis
  5. Acidic breath may point to cystic fibrosis
  6. Fecal bad breath may pinpoint a problem with the bowel.
  7. Acetone smell that is often found in dieters with increased levels of ketones.

When improved oral hygiene does not result in eliminating bad breath, a serious health condition may be the cause. A dental practitioner will need to rule out any dental health concern before a patient can seek attention from other medical practitioners.

Additional causes of bad breath include smoking, taking certain medications such as those to treat hypertension, depression and acne. People who diet regularly and obsessively may find it results in the body’s inability to function as it should. A consequence of continual dieting, especially if carbohydrates are restricted, is a higher quantity of ketones in the body which are released through the lungs and which are responsible for the ‘ketone breath’.

In addition to the Oral Health Foundation’s techniques to eliminate bad breath, here are other techniques that may help:

Keep a food and medication diary

Keep a list of the types of foods consumed, as well as what medications have been prescribed and discuss this list with a dental practitioner to rule out diet as a cause of bad breath.

The role of saliva production

Keeping hydrated to encourage saliva production (saliva gets rids of bad bacteria that can cause bad breath) is another reason to drink plenty of water. Dental practitioners may also advise patients to chew sugar-free gum to maintain good flow of saliva.

For superior dental care and advice, book an appointment at a Harley Street dental clinic and ensure bad breath is banished forever.

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