Did you forget to floss this morning? Maybe you shouldn’t have had those onions in your salad at lunchtime?
The good news is bad breath happens to most people once in a while, about 1 in 4 people are thought to have bad breath on a regular basis. There are things we can do to detect it, prevent it and treat it.
Bad breath is also known as “Halitosis”. Numerous things can cause halitosis such as, eating onions or garlic, smoking and certain medical conditions, but it’s usually caused by poor dental hygiene.
Detect it: If you suspect your breath isn’t as fresh as a spring morning, then ask someone you trust to give you an honest answer. If there is no one available, then you can try licking the back of your wrist, wait for it to dry then smell it.
Prevent it: Our top tips for fresh breath are;
- Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth well hydrated.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet.
- Drink less coffee and alcohol.
- Give up smoking.
- Chew sugar-free gum after eating to stimulate saliva flow.
Treat it: Improving your dental hygiene is usually enough to prevent halitosis. This means brushing twice a day and cleaning in between your teeth with either floss or interdental brushes to remove food debris and plaque deposits. Toothbrushing alone only cleans 60% of the tooth surface. If you wear a denture make sure you remove it and rinse after eating and leave it out at night after giving it a gentle brush.
Remember to also clean your tongue, you can use your toothbrush for this but be gentle!
If your bad breath persists or you have any concerns about it, talk to the dentist at your next Dental Health Examination.