It's one of those touchy subjects - having smelly breath is something none of us like to think we have but would all like to do something about! But All Smiles Dental Practice have some sensible solutions to this whiffy problem...
Hallitosis can obviously be briefly eradicated with a quick brush of the teeth or by chewing some gym, but the good news is that we can all make small changes to our oral health to see some positive results.
Bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth which has built up over a longer period of time due to ineffective brushing. The bacteria is made of stern stuff and forms a layer of biofilm wherever it gets the opportunity to - in the grooves of the tongue, at the back of the throat and under the gums. And the bacteria is hardcore - it not only protects what is already there but encourages more to grow!
That's why it can sometimes be so difficult to get rid of - all it takes is some slightly careless brushing and that could be it.
The best way to ensure you're not leaving people reeling when you talk to them is to take good care of your oral health. We all know those guidelines - brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes each time - but the guideline is there for very good reason! Not only does it protect your teeth but it also has a massive impact on your breath too.
You need to be sure you properly clean the entire surface area of the mouth - not just your teeth, but equally as important are your gums and your tongue. That's the best and only chance you have of removing that persistent bacteria.
Flossing too just provides that extra finishing touch to removing any stubborn food that may be lodged between your teeth. You can finish off your toothbrushing routine with a mouthwash but this is only a short term fix - do remember that nothing replaces the effectiveness of proper, regular brushing.
And of course, as if smokers need any more reason to give up, smoking is one of the worst! As are some foods... garlic of course being the main culprit!
So to keep your breath sweet smelling, brush and floss well, get smoke free and avoid those big hitting smelly foods before a big date!