When assessing the cause of bad breath, the Mayo Clinic recommends that we have a look at the basics. Oral hygiene is dependent on brushing, flossing and rinsing the teeth on a regular basis.
Bad breath may persist even with these good oral hygiene behaviors. It could be an indication of underlying health problems. Some obvious causes of bad breath are:
i Changing diet to coffee and garlic will cause bad breath.
ii Presence of dental appliances in the mouth such as retainers and dentures.
iii Failure to brush the tongue.
The health problems that cause bad breath include;
- Diabetes ketoacidosis
- Tonsil stones and tonsillitis
- Chronic kidney failure
- Late stage liver failure.
- Chronic inflammation of the sinus or throat.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.