Halitosis and Appropriate Dental Treatment

Solutions for bad breath at our Bristol dental practice.

Bad breath may not be noticed by the person who actually suffers from it; in fact it is really quite difficult to smell your own breath. You can be sure though that, when you talk to others, you will notice their reaction as they reel back if your breath is smelly.

There are a number of factors which can contribute to halitosis (bad breath) and, by and large, it is entirely avoidable provided that certain factors are considered and the correct action taken.


Although garlic is considered to be one of the main culprits for causing bad breath, in fact, there are a number of foods and drinks which can cause this. Coffee, for example, leaves a very bitter smell on the breath which many people find offensive. Alcohol too can contribute significantly to the odour. Whilst coffee and garlic, and many other culprits, only contribute to short term bad breath and whose effects will eventually dissipate, alcohol can have a much longer term effect. Drinking can cause a dry mouth and, in this warm and dry environment, the bacteria which cause gum disease will rapidly multiply.

Oral Health

Taking good care of your oral health by brushing for two minutes twice a day will go a long way in the prevention of halitosis, whilst also keeping your teeth healthy. Flossing too is very important although, sadly, neglected by most people in the UK. By adding flossing to the routine, many people could easily avoid gum disease altogether.

Gum disease should not be a major problem and, for most is easily avoided. Occasionally plaque can build up in places where it is difficult to remove; however, by ensuring that your teeth are examined regularly, any hidden plaque such as behind the rear teeth, can be easily removed before any damage is done. This way, more serious conditions such as the onset of gingivitis and ultimately periodontitis can be avoided.

By brushing and flossing, along with visiting the dentists at Beau Monde Dental Care in order to ensure that good oral health is maintained, you should be able to ensure that you avoid embarrassing halitosis.


As well as alcohol, snoring can leave the patient with a dry mouth and, once again, providing the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Although snoring is often thought about in a humorous way, apart from the dry mouth, it is also thought to have more serious implications and can leave the person feeling tired, lethargic and irritable.

To this end, we are pleased that we are able to supply and fit a snoring device called Somnowell at our dentist based in Bristol. This device works by enabling the tongue and lower jaw to relax in their recovery position, thereby stopping the person from snoring.

If you would like more information about Somnowell, or if you suffer from ongoing bad breath, why not give us a call at our practice which is based in the Westbury Park area of Bristol, on 0117 330 3495.