This is a common problem. It is mainly caused from gum disease or inflammation of the gums. Plaque and tartar which isn’t removed become bacteria which give an unpleasant odour. Poorly contoured fillings or crowns can also retain plaque which can give rise to bad breath. Halitosis can also be caused by certain foods or a systemic disease, e.g. diabetes.
Good oral hygiene and home care can improve or remove bad breath. It is important to realise when brushing your teeth that no surface should be left out. The top and bottom teeth should be brushed separately. For example, start at one side and work around all the outside surfaces brushing two teeth at a time, and then move onto the next two. Repeat the procedure with the inside surfaces.
A small pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste is enough every time you brush. A circular motion is recommended with a soft to medium bristle brush. A hard brush can wear the gums and cause recession.
Spaces between the teeth need to be cleaned with a specialized form of dental cleaner. The toothbrush will not reach this surface. Dental floss, tape, interdentally brushes or dental sticks can do this type of cleaning. Please consult the dentist about your individual cleaning requirements.
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