Brushing and flossing twice daily are the first steps to eliminating bad breath.
Brushing and flossing removes bacteria responsible for creating odorous sulphur compounds and the food they feed on. However, bacteria hide not only on and around the teeth but also on the tongue under a layer of mucous, here they are free to create odours.
It is best to brush your tongue daily or you may want to consider a tongue scraper. Both are extremely effective at removing this protective mucous layer from the back of the tongue.
We recommend regular Check-up and Cleaning to monitor the
bacteria in your mouth.
Sometimes despite your best oral care efforts dry mouth can occur.
Risk factors for dry mouth include:
- conditions of salivary glands
- cancer treatment
- nerve damage
- health conditions; diabetes, thrush, HIV
- smoking and alcohol
- recreational drug use
Dry mouth can lead to:
- plaque, tooth decay (caries) and gum disease
- mouth sores / ulcers
- oral thrush
- oral sores, cracked corners of the mouth and lips
- dental erosion
If you are suffering from dry mouth regular check up and clean is very important.
We also recommend and stock many dry mouth products in the surgery including xylitol gums and sweets, specialised dry mouthwashes and new to the market oral probiotic lozenges by hylodent.