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Bad Breath

There is nothing more embarrassing than being told you have bad breath! What to do about it…
Due to the chemistry of our mouth, it is common for groups of bacteria to live in that area. Bad breath or halitosis is relatively common due to the bugs that live in our mouth.

The foods we eat often have some form of bacteria on them. Usually found in meat and dairy products. The bacteria release a waste product (Sulphur) that causes bad breath. Your breath will smell bad the more these bacteria feed and multiply.

Although this sounds disgusting it is totally normal. These naturally occurring bacteria are important for our digestion. We never fully get rid of them, but we can do something to help.

Brushing and flossing

One of the ways you can manage bad breath is good Oral Hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing can help remove trapped food that the odour-producing bacteria like to feed on, and it can also reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth. Mouthwash can be useful also, however be careful not to use a mouthwash which contains alcohol, as this can make your mouth dry, potentially worsening your bad breath. The tongue can also harbour lots of bad breath-causing bacteria and food traces under a thin layer of mucus (white coating), which normal brushing and flossing will not get rid of. After brushing your teeth, try cleaning your tongue once a day, especially in the morning when the bacteria have been multiplying whilst you slept. You can either use your toothbrush with a small amount of tooth paste and gently brush from the back of your tongue forward, or try a custom-designed tongue scrapper, which are available from most supermarkets or chemists. Just be careful not to apply too much pressure as this can damage your tongue.

Go to the dentist

Bad breath can also be caused by tooth decay and gum disease. It’s important to have regular check-ups with your dentist who can check for decay and gum disease and treat it. Your dentist will also be able to give your teeth and gums a deeper clean, removing plaque and bacteria in hard to reach places that at-home tooth brushing and flossing often miss.

Keep your mouth hydrated

Having a dry mouth, which becomes more common as we age, can make your breath smell as saliva helps wash away food particles and odour-causing bacteria in your mouth. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. When you become dehydrated your body tries to conserve water by slowing down the production of saliva. It can also be helpful to chew sugar-free gum, which can trick your body in to thinking you’re eating, which will stimulate saliva production. If your dry mouth persists, it’s important to speak to your dentist or doctor. Dry mouth can also be caused by certain medications and some long-term health conditions, such as diabetes and Parkinson’s. If you’re experiencing dry mouth, it’s important to speak to your doctor and or dentist who will be able to help.

Eat healthy foods

Although found in most recipes, onion and garlic can cause bad breath. That is because they contain a sulphur-based compound called ‘allyl methyl sulphide’, which mirrors the effect of bad breath. This compound can be ‘sticky’, causing it to linger for longer in your mouth. After eating a garlicy or oniony meal make sure to brush your teeth or chew some gum.

Quit smoking

Smoking can cause dry mouth and gum disease, if you smoke, talk to your dentist and doctor about quitting. They will be able to talk you through the different techniques and options open to you.

Bad breath is something that many of us will experience.

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