Bad breath can also be caused by some medical problems. 'Dry mouth' (xerostomia) is a condition that means your mouth produces less saliva. This causes bacteria to build up in your mouth and this leads to bad breath. Dry mouth may be caused by some medicines, by salivary gland problems or by continually breathing through your mouth instead of your nose. Older people may produce less saliva, causing further problems.
If you suffer from dry mouth, your dental team may be able to recommend or prescribe an artificial saliva product. Or they may be able to suggest other ways of dealing with the problem.
Other medical conditions that cause bad breath include infections in the throat, nose or lungs; sinusitis; bronchitis; diabetes; or liver or kidney problems. If your dentist finds that your mouth is healthy, you may be referred to your family GP or a specialist to find out the cause of your bad breath.
Yes. Tobacco causes its own type of bad breath. The only answer in this case is to stop smoking. As well as making your breath smell, smoking causes staining and loss of taste, and irritates the gums. People who smoke are more likely to suffer from gum disease and also have a greater risk of developing cancer of the mouth, lung cancer and heart disease. Ask your dentist, pharmacist or healthcare professional for help with stopping smoking. If you do stop smoking, but still have bad breath, then you need to see your dental team or doctor for advice.
If you do have bad breath, you will need to start a routine for keeping your mouth clean and fresh. Regular check-ups will allow your dentist to watch out for any places where plaque is caught between your teeth. Your dental team will be able to clean all those areas that are difficult to reach. They will also be able to show you the best way to clean your teeth and gums, and show you any areas you may be missing, including your tongue.
To keep your breath fresh, you must get rid of any gum disease, and keep your mouth clean and fresh. If you do have bad breath, try keeping a diary of all the foods you eat and list any medicines you are taking. Take this diary to your dentist, who may be able to suggest ways to solve the problem.
Brush your teeth and gums last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well, or use a tongue scraper. Cut down on how often you have sugary food and drinks.
Visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend.
Clean in between your teeth with 'interdental' brushes or floss at least once a day - brushing alone only cleans up to about 60 percent of the surface of your teeth. There are other products you can buy to clean between your teeth.
Use a mouthwash - some contain antibacterial agents that could kill bacteria that make your breath smell unpleasant.
If you continue to suffer from bad breath visit your dental team to make sure that the mouthwash is not covering up a more serious underlying problem. Chew sugar-free gum - it helps your mouth produce saliva and stops it drying out. A dry mouth can lead to bad breath.
You should not use a mouthwash just to disguise bad breath. So if you find that you are using a mouthwash all the time, talk to your dental team. There are many mouthwashes that are specially formulated to help prevent bad breath and gum disease. Some mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine, and are recommended for gum disease, can cause tooth staining if you use them for a long time. It is important to read the manufacturer's instructions or ask how to use them.
You should keep a separate toothbrush for cleaning your dentures. The general rule is: brush, soak and brush again. Clean your dentures over a bowl of water in case you drop them. Brush your dentures before soaking them, to help remove any bits of food. Soak the dentures in a specialist cleaner for a short time and then brush the dentures again. Brush them like you would brush your natural teeth. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which fits against your gums. If you notice a build-up of stains or scale, have your dentures cleaned by your dental team. Most dentists still recommend a small- to medium-head toothbrush, or a specialised denture brush if you can get one. It is just as important to clean dentures as it is to clean your natural teeth. Bits of food can become caught
We probably all know someone who has bad breath, but very few people feel brave enough to discuss the problem. It is obviously a very delicate matter to tell someone they have bad breath. There is always the risk that they will be offended or embarrassed and may never speak to you again! However, it is always worth remembering that the bad breath may be caused by any number of problems. Once the person knows they have bad breath, they can deal with whatever is causing it. You could try talking to their partner or a family member, as the bad breath may be caused by a medical condition which is already being treated.
Our dentists are empathetic in the treatment of nervous patients and can provide sedation during normal surgery hours. All the dentists are experienced in providing emergency dental treatment
Child Friendly Practice
Teething and diet advice
Pregnancy oral health care
We have a large car park that is FREE for all patients.
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Just a few words about the Franklin House Dental practice.
I have been a patient at the Frankin House Dental Practice since 1978 and my Daughter since 1982.
That in itself must say something. I would highly recommend the Practice to anyone. The staff always make you feel welcome when you walk in.
When I first came to the Practice I was very nervous, but was soon made to feel at ease. The dentists are very
understanding of people who are frightened of treatment and
do their best to reassure them.
I used to be scared stiff of needles but, thanks to Hardeep and the girls, I no longer am.
I can honestly say that anyone who comes to the Practice
will not regret it
Mr Walia, Just a short note to say a very big thank for all you help, advice and support in relation to Wills teeth. It has been so important for Will to be confident with his teeth, and following a visit to the orthodontist last week hopefully we will achieve the desired end result.
Once again thank you. Kind regards
I'm a nervous patient but I feel completely at ease with Hardeep and the girls.
Fantastic place! Was a nervy patient and hadn't been to the dentist for years, made to feel very welcome and was put at ease with my nervousness. Very professional and friendly. Highly, highly recommended
Excellent service with a smile..
Being a regulator commuter from Kent to London, it's always tricky organising a dentist appointment. For me, Franklin House is a stones throw from Gillingham Station which allows me to get off, have treatment, and continue my journey to the South Coast. Fast, friendly and extremely professional service tailored to my busy schedule
This is the best Dental Practice I have ever used! Hardeep is fantastic with the kids and I would always recommend this place to anyone.
Fantastic dental practice, I have a fear of dentists they really make you feel comfortable and at ease. I took my 18 month daughter who did not want her teeth to be checked. Hardeep was really patient with her made her laugh, played with her and managed to check her teeth. Would definitely recommend this surgery to anyone.
Highly recommend, friendly and professional all the time :-)
I used Franklin House as a child and now take my children there, I would highly recommend
After an awful experience with a previous dentist I cannot thank Hardeep for his kindness patience when you are nervous. The whole team are wonderful.
I did not feel any pain, even though I had two teeth removed to make way for my new braces.
The staff were really friendly and explained everything.
Franklin House is the best ........
After searching awhile for a dentist, I remembered I had passed your practice some time back and decided to go in.
The dentist was very nice and answered my questions.
Dear Franklin house Dental Practice,
We have nothing but the highest praise and confidence in your practice. Plenty of parking, a warm welcome, a cosy waiting room and excellent care and treatment make this surgery the best we have ever attended. My wife has had to suspend her ongoing treatment due to other health issues, but looks forward to resuming her visits as soon as is possible.
As mentioned, my wife has found the treatment outstanding, it is explained in fullest detail to both of us with options
given if available.Every consideration is given for the patients comfort, The dental staff are extremely professional, courteous and friendly. The same applies to the reception and administration staff.
The only downside we could possibly offer is that I feel like falling asleep on the very comfortable sofa in the surgery.
My name is GK and I visited your surgery on 23rd December due to a crown breaking.
My visit was last minute as my regular Dentist could not see me until after Christmas, so I was very pleased that you Dentist was available. He was very helpful and repaired my crown.
I have already recommended your practise to my Daughter and I will be visiting again.
PS: an added bonus was that all your staff and dentists were in fancy dress for Christmas and there was a very happy atmosphere, which helps nervous patients ,like me , to feel at ease. Many Thanks
I had not been to the dentist for 8 years due to a dental phobia, one day the practice came up in my news feed and I commented that this as the practice that started my phobia when I was 18.
I had a very nice message back telling me that the practice had changed hands and I should come in for a consultation.
I came in and saw Hardeep who listened to my history and fears and he was great, really understanding he put me at ease. I came back for x rays and a clean and again he was fantastic so very patient with me. I had to come back again and have a tooth removed and it was a very difficult extraction, it didn't feel like I was a problem and couldn't have been any more caring and understanding of my fears.
I am so happy with my progress in over coming my fears if dentists and that is all down to Hardeep and staff at the Franklin rooms dental surgery.
I can not thank Hardeep enough
I would happily recommend you to my friends.
Very happy with the service, especially being such a nervous patient.
I am a patient with Franklin House Dental Practice for a few years and have treatment on a regular basis. The Practice had been recommended to me by my boss at the time when I needed urgent treatment and had never have any regrets to go there.
I cannot thank enough Dr Hardeep Walia for excellent care and high standard treatment he gives to his patients.
If you are a very nervous about dental treatment or have a phobia like my partner, this Practice is the right place for you. My partner has a phobia of dentists from his childhood and had not been to the dentist for many-many years. My last visit to Franklin House and outstanding outcome encouraged my partner to visit Dr Walia for treatment. I am very grateful to Dr Walia for his patience and time he spent talking and reassuring my partner.
The result is excellent - my partner has a Hollywood smile now! We could not even dream that so many years of anxiety and fear could be melted down in a few minutes and all problems could be solved so easily.
Thank you very much, Doctor, nurses and receptionists!
Excellent care and service!
Definitely recommend Franklin House Dental Surgery!