D.A. & C. Houston & Associates

160 – 166 & 172 Milton Road
North Somerset, BS23 2YG
(01934) 910870 / 910869 View Practice View CQC Report

Smile & Face Dental Practice

75 Macrae Road
Eden Business Park, Ham Green
North Somerset, BS20 0DD
(01275) 373497 View Practice View CQC Report

Grendon Lodge Dental Practice

22 St. John’s Road
Clevedon, North Somerset
BS21 7TG
(01275) 342183 View Practice View CQC Report

The Houston Group @ Nailsea

12 Clevedon Road, Nailsea
North Somerset
BS48 1EH
(01275) 866359 View Practice View CQC Report
01934 910869 01934 910870

Bad Breath

“Bad breath”, more correctly referred to as halitosis, can be the result of many, varied causes.

The most common sources are certain foodstuffs, gum disease, tooth decay, smoking and prolonged dry mouth syndrome.

Additionally, some cases are linked to dieting, sinus or respiratory infections, medical disorders and the use of some prescription medications.

In the vast majority of cases, the origin of bad breath is linked to an oral source. The chemical substances, which are responsible for causing the problem, are referred to as volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs).

Foods such as garlic are well known as being problematic in creating bad breath. They are absorbed into the blood stream and transferred to the lungs where they are eventually expelled.

Gum disease, properly known as periodontal disease has a warning sign linked to halitosis production. A film of bacteria causes the disease, this constantly builds up on the surface of our teeth. These bacteria produce toxins that damage the health of our gums. In the latter stages of the disease, the bone and related structures that support teeth become damaged. This can lead to the eventual loss of the affected teeth.

Dentures, (both full and partial) that are not cleaned properly and left out at night can also commonly harbour odour causing food particles and bacteria.
Dry mouth or xerostomia cases bad breath by decreasing the flow of saliva, which is necessary to cleanse the mouth naturally. This condition is often linked with a mouth breathing habit or the use of certain medications. It can be relieved by the use of sugar free sweets and gums, increasing fluid intake or prescribing artificial saliva.

All tobacco products induce bad breath, stain the teeth and reduce taste whilst irritating oral tissue.

What can be done to help? Regular dental reviews are imperative. Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential: brush at least twice a day (including your tongue) and use floss or interdental cleaning devices. If you are a smoker, reduce your total daily intake.

Regular scaling from your dentist or hygienist is important. Seek their advice on your oral hygiene routine.

Mouthwashes can be very helpful in combating bad breath; these are usually of the antimicrobial type.

A new approach to the problem is the use of alpha-ionone, found in tomatoes, now produced as a mouthwash and lozenges that help break down the odour causing volatile sulphur compounds.


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The philosophy of our group of practices is to allow our patients to meet their clinicians in a relaxed environment permitting us to explain the essence and principles behind the exciting and innovative venture that is the driving force behind all of the practices within our group.

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Patient Plan

This offers all the features of the Houston Dental Care Plan, but members are entitled to two dental appointments and up to four hygiene appointments per year. Please note, discounts only apply to treatments carried out at the practice.

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