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Bad breath – not what anyone wants!


Bad breath – also known as halitosis affects up to 1 in 4 people at some point in their lives and can affect at any age.

So, what are the causes of bad breath?

The number one culprit for bad breath, and the most straightforward to deal with, is poor oral health.

If bacteria are allowed to build up in the mouth then the toxins produced can cause breath to smell. Persistent and ongoing bad breath can often be caused by gum disease. Eating strongly flavoured foods, such as onions or garlic, can also cause your breath to smell. Smoking and drinking are other potential causes of bad breath.

Certain types of medication can also affect the smell of your breath and the onset of bad breath can occur after an infection or illness.

How can you prevent bad breath?

  1. Improve your oral hygiene regime – come and see us for some advice and assistance
  2. Brush your teeth and gums daily. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, for a minimum of two minutes each time (and time it as it is longer than you think), using a fluoride toothpaste. Studies have shown that an electric toothbrush is more effective than a manual toothbrush.
  3. Floss daily. Using floss or inter-dental sticks/brushes every day will not only help to remove trapped food from between your teeth but will also help remove the plaque which builds up on teeth.
  4. Brush your tongue as well. This helps to remove any bacteria build up from your tongue which may be adding to the bad breath issue.
  5. If you’ve made these changes and are still experiencing bad breath then it’s time to visit Our Periodontist – Winston. He can take a look at your smile and discuss with you your home oral health regime. He can give your smile a thorough clean and also give advice on the best flossing techniques etc.
  6. It’s not always easy to know if you have bad breath. A simple and easy test to find out whether you do is to lick the back of your hand with your tongue and wait a few seconds until the saliva dries. If your hand doesn’t smell great then you can be pretty sure that your breath doesn’t either!

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