When considering the kind of problems which a dentist has to deal with, it’s natural to assume, at least at first, that the bulk of these problems are visual in nature. Teeth which are grey and discoloured, chipped and damaged or crooked and overcrowded are typical of the situations which dentists find themselves dealing with.
Whilst accepting this, however, it’s still vital to accept that there is another issue which dentists and dental hygienists often find themselves being asked to deal with, and this is the problem of unpleasant bad breath.
The old cliché has it that even your best friend won’t tell you if you’ve got bad breath, but the truth is that a truly good friend would actually be honest about a problem like this. Having breath which smells unpleasant, whether they’re aware of it or not, will have a major effect upon the life of the sufferer. Work and social interactions will all be coloured by the problem, and the awareness of its existence will play a major part in inhibiting the ways in which the sufferer interacts with other people.
To put it plainly, bad breath is a very big deal and can hugely effect the sufferers life, and for that reason it’s best to work with a dental hygienist in London or elsewhere to take the steps necessary to deal with the problem.
On a very basic level, any problem with bad breath is a problem of hygiene. It’s true that there are some digestive problems which can affect the way a patient’s breath smells adversely, but in the majority of cases the unpleasant odour can be traced to oral hygiene deficiencies. In a way, this shouldn’t really come as any kind of a surprise. Every day, your mouth is filled with food stuffs which are torn, crushed, chewed and ground by your teeth. It’s only natural that some fragments of this foodstuff end up being left behind, stuck in the gap between teeth and the nooks and crannies present in every mouth.
The first thing that any patient can do in terms of keeping their breath fresh, then, is to ensure that they clean their teeth properly. This means brushing twice a day, in the correct manner, using floss to remove hard to reach fragments and rinsing with mouthwash to get rid of any debris and bacteria which might still be present.
If you regularly do all this, however, and still find yourself suffering the burden of bad breath, then it could be that your problem would be alleviated with the use of a tongue scraper. If you visit a dental care clinic and ask about tongue scraping, you’ll find technicians only too willing to tell you exactly what the process entails and what it can achieve.
Simply put, bad breath, or halitosis, is often the result of the presence of bacteria in the mouth. Being wet and warm, the human mouth is an excellent breeding ground for bacteria and, as such, it has to be kept as clean as possible. Whilst brushing, flossing and rinsing will go a long way towards achieving this, the surface of the tongue is still capable of harbouring many bacteria which, if left unchecked, will cause halitosis.