Halitosis or bad breath is very common. It isn’t usually anything to worry about as it is often caused by something simple like eating garlic or a mild throat infection. The problem will often go away quickly once you have brushed your teeth or gargled. However, if you have more persistent bad breath it can be a good idea to consult an expert at the Harley Street ENT Clinic for throat treatment.
Possible Causes of Bad Breath
- Bacteria living on the teeth, gums, tongue, adenoids or inside the mouth or throat can all cause bad breath.
- Problems with your salivary glands or a dry mouth can make it easier for smelly bacteria to grow.
- Throat or sinus infections can cause halitosis, especially when they are chronic.
- Chronic acid reflux can cause bad breath as the acid that escapes from your stomach can have a strong smell.
- Bad breath can be a sign of a potentially serious condition such as kidney failure or certain kinds of cancer. Although these conditions are unlikely to be the cause of your bad breath it is important to see a doctor just in case there is a serious underlying cause.
What Can You Do About Bad Breath?
If you often have bad breath or you are feeling self-conscious then you should consult a doctor for throat treatment. An ENT specialist can examine your throat, perform a swab test to check for infections and conduct an endoscopy to look further inside if necessary. You might also want to see a dentist to have your teeth cleaned and to get advice on dental hygiene. In addition to any throat treatment you receive at the ENT clinic, you can also take the following steps to tackle bad breath:
- Brush your teeth and tongue at least twice a day
- Use a non-alcoholic mouthwash to gargle
- Avoid foods such as garlic that can make your breath smell
- Make sure that you drink plenty of water to prevent dryness in your mouth
- Eat natural yoghurt, which may help to encourage healthier bacteria in your body
- Avoid smoking as this can give you bad breath
- Eat a balanced diet as halitosis can sometimes be caused by the ketones produced when your body isn’t getting enough nutrition