What is Bad Breath?
Bad breath, or halitosis, is a common problem that can cause distress, worry and embarrassment. When you eat certain foods like garlic or curry their smell and taste can linger. The same is true for drinking alcohol. Chewing gum, sucking mints or using breath freshener can help. But what if there is another reason your breath is smelly?
Your Oral Health
Poor oral health can be the cause of bad breath. You should first look at your home care regime. Is there anything you could be doing better? The basics include brushing your teeth. You should use a fluoride toothpaste. Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day. Either before or after you brush your teeth you should floss. Flossing makes sure that all of the spaces between your teeth are clean. Trapped food is the most common cause of bad breath.
Clean Your Tongue
In addition, you should also gently clean your tongue. This helps to remove bacteria and food particles that are often the root cause of bad breath. To clean your tongue, you can use a special tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers are usually made from a soft, flexible plastic material.
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Visit Your Hygienist
Regular hygienist visits will also help to prevent bad breath as this will ensure that plaque build-up is removed. Your hygienist will also be able to advise on ways to improve your at-home oral hygiene regime if necessary, which should also boost that freshness!
Underlying medical conditions
In some cases, medical conditions and medications can impact on your breath. This is why it is important to provide your dentist with a full medical history. This will allow your dentist to build up a good picture of your overall health. It will help them understand any parallels that may be impacting on areas of your dental health. If you are concerned about your breath, it is advisable to speak to your dentist about this concern as they will be able to provide advice to help.