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How to keep your breath fresh

We all want to have fresh breath all day long, but sometimes, as embarrassing as it is, your breath can start to smell. If you are suffering from bad breath, you are not alone as approximately 1 in 4 adults suffers from bad breath on a regular basis. 

Bad breath, or halitosis, is mostly caused by poor oral hygiene, but other lifestyle factors can also influence this. In this article, we will list our top tips on how to keep your breath smelling fresh for longer. 


Keep up a good oral hygiene routine

Having poor oral health is the biggest factor when it comes to suffering from bad breath. To prevent any odour from developing, it is important to keep up a good oral hygiene routine. You should be doing this anyway to look after the health of your teeth and gums. 

Plaque develops on your teeth throughout the day, and this is normal. However, it is very important that you regularly remove this plaque by brushing and flossing. A good oral hygiene routine typically consists of brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. As well as this, you should clean between your teeth with dental floss at least once per day. 


Start using mouthwash

If you’re not using mouthwash already, you should be. We recommend using an alcohol-free mouthwash every time you brush your teeth to keep your breath fresh all day long. The benefits of mouthwash are that you will be rinsing out any debris that may still be in the mouth after brushing. It also prevents bacteria from regrowing, and it’s this bacteria that has an odour. 

Quit smoking

Fortunately, the number of smokers in the UK is on the decline. However, if you are still a smoker, this will be contributing to your bad breath. In addition to this, it can also damage your gums, stain your teeth and even lead to mouth cancer. If you are struggling to give up smoking there is help available from your GP. There are also many over-the-counter nicotine products available for you to purchase. 

Watch what you eat

It’s no surprise that foods like garlic, onion, fish and coffee make your breath smell after you’ve eaten them. The best way of keeping your breath fresh after having these things is to chew sugar-free gum. Being minty, it will automatically freshen your breath and collects any lingering food particles to prevent odour. 

Keep hydrated

One of the best ways to keep your breath fresh is to keep hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is not only great for your overall health, but will reduce the chance of developing bad breath. Aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day to keep your mouth from getting dry. 

Book regular hygienist appointments

Having a regular appointment booked with the dental hygienist is a great way to ensure your oral hygiene is kept on top of. No matter how well you clean your teeth and gums at home, there will still be areas of the mouth that simply can’t be cleaned successfully without a professional. 

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