Q: I suffer from bad breath. Is this something that my dentist can help with?
A: Bad breath (halitosis) is breath that has an unpleasant odour. This odour can strike from time to time, or it can be long-lasting, depending on what is causing it.
Bad breath caused by dental problems can be easily prevented with regular visits to your dentist and a good daily routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing.
Q: Are there any measures I can take to prevent bad breath besides visiting my dentist?
A: If you are finding bad breath to be a serious problem, then it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of your dentist. The best ways that you can prevent bad breath are to maintain a healthy diet, avoid regularly eating strong-smelling foods (such as those that contain garlic, for example), and by not smoking.
Q: Would you recommend using a mouthwash? Do they work?
A: Mouthwashes can be useful in combatting halitosis. It is best to seek advice from your GP on which products are best to use if you are looking to fight bad breath in particular. If the recommended product fails to give you the right results, it is best to see your doctor as there may be an underlying factor that is causing the issue.