Bad breath (halitosis) is a common issue and can affect anyone at any age. About one in four people will suffer from bad breath on a regular basis.
There are several things that can cause bad breath, but the main cause is poor oral health.
If bacteria is allowed to build up in your mouth the toxins produced can cause your breath to smell. The bacteria breaks down pieces of food that may be trapped between your teeth and this can cause bad breath. Persistent bad breath is often caused by gum disease. Eating strongly flavoured foods, such as onions or garlic, can also cause your breath to smell. Smoking and drinking is another cause of bad breath.
Occasionally bad breath can occur after an infection or illness. Certain types of medication can also affect the smell of your breath.
How can you help prevent bad breath?
Usually improving your oral hygiene regime is enough to cure bad breath and help prevent it happening again.
Brush your teeth and gums regularly. We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day, for a minimum of two minutes each time, using a fluoride toothpaste. Ideally use an electric toothbrush as studies have shown these pare more effective than a manual toothbrush.
Floss between your teeth daily. Using floss or inter-dental sticks every day will not only help to remove trapped food from in between your teeth (a place where your toothbrush is unlikely to reach) but it will also help remove the plaque which builds up on teeth every day.
Clean your tongue as well. Every time you brush your teeth brush your tongue as well. This will help to remove any bacteria build up from your tongue which may be adding to the bad breath issue.
If you’ve made these changes and are still experiencing bad breath then it’s time to visit the dentist or dental hygienist. They can take a look at your smile and discuss with you your home oral health regime. They can give your smile a thorough clean and also give advice on the best flossing techniques etc.
How can our Dublin Dentists help?
Our lead dentists in Dublin can can recommend the best way to clean your teeth and gums. We will check-up on your teeth with one our professional dentists to make sure any plaque is removed from your teeth, you’ve check all areas of your mouth especially in hard-to-reach areas. Doing this will ensure any signs of gum disease are noted and treated early on.
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