Persistent bad breath is commonly caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth, tongue and gums. Other odours relate to foods you eat or even an empty stomach. Your own immunological responses to the bacteria can also be factors such as bleeding and weeping from the gums, this is where hygiene plays an important role.
Obvious causes relating to life’s choices include strong foods like garlic and onions, as well as smoking. Transient illnesses such as nasal and stomach conditions will also influence odours. Starvation and specific diets should be factors to be explored!
To eliminate dental causes, correct and regular brushing is very important as well as regular visits to the hygienist. The tongue should be brushed routinely, as it has a huge surface area and many grooves and pits for lurgies to hide! You will be screened during your examination for gum and periodontal diseases which are the source of inflammatory weeping and bleeding, both of which cause very distinct odours. Examination will also enable us to detect the presence of any semi-buried teeth, which are commonly surrounded by stagnant fluids and decaying food debris.