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How can you improve your bad breath?

Bad breath, or halitosis, is a very common dental problem that can have a huge effect on your confidence. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people suffer from bad breath on a regular basis.

Bad breath can affect anyone, no matter their gender or age. However, there are certain factors that will increase your chances of developing bad breath such as; smoking, suffering from certain illnesses and some types of medication.  

There are a lot of reasons why you can suffer from bad breath. The biggest reason for people suffering from bad breath is poor dental hygiene. Bacteria can build up in your mouth which will produce toxins that have an odour. Also, pieces of food can get stuck between your teeth which will start to smell over time, if not removed.

Below are some tips on how to keep your breath smelling fresh.

Brush and floss more often

Plaque collects bacteria and it’s this bacteria that starts to smell. A simple way to eliminate this problem is by making sure you’re brushing and flossing regularly enough. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes. Aim to floss between your teeth at least once a day, to remove any bacteria from between your teeth.

Use mouthwash

If you are conscious of your breath, you can use mouthwash between brushing your teeth. This is a safe way of keeping your mouth fresh, without having to risk damaging your enamel by overbrushing. Not only will mouthwash freshen your breath, but it will add an extra layer of protection against bacteria.

Cleaning your tongue

The coating of your tongue is known for attracting odorous bacteria. To prevent this, you can gently brush the surface of your tongue with your toothbrush. If you prefer, you can also use a tongue scraper which is specially designed to apply even pressure across the surface of your tongue.

Avoiding certain foods

We all know that onions and garlic can cause bad breath and yet we still eat them. These foods produce an odour that cannot be removed by brushing your teeth. The particles that contain the smell are absorbed into the bloodstream and make their way into your lungs, where you breathe out the smell. If you want to avoid having bad breath, cut down on the amount of onion and garlic that you eat.

Chew sugar-free gum

Chewing sugar-free gum is a great way of reducing your chances of developing bad breath. Aiming to chew gum after every time you eat a meal or snack can neutralise any odours in your mouth, as any bacteria or food particles stick to the gum.

Keep your gums healthy

A leading cause of bad breath is suffering from gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontitis, can cause infections around the gums which will produce a strong odour. Your gums will start to recede and create pockets which food and bacteria can get stuck in. If you are diagnosed with gum disease, it is important to get treatment to eliminate any further dental problems, including bad breath and even tooth loss.

If you have tried these methods of reducing bad breath with no luck, book an appointment with one of our dentists. They will assess your dental health for any underlying problems that can be causing the bad breath. Call Oak Mount Dental Practice today on 0161 445 1211 to book an appointment.

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