Know the causes of bad breath in order to prevent it!
Knowing the causes of bad breath can go along way in helping to prevent it. For a small percentage of people bad breath could be a sign of an underlying medical problem but in majority of cases it is dentally related.
Bad breath can happen for a number of reasons. The foods we eat and whether you smoke or drink alcohol can all have an effect on your breath but it can also be down to the bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria feeds on the food we eat and creates waste which causes the bad smell. This bacteria lives naturally in the mouth and providing we keep our mouth super clean, we can prevent the breath from smelling bad.
A good oral hygiene routine at home makes all the difference. Starting a new routine can be a struggle at first but after time that routine will become a habit which you will be doing in no time. This routine includes:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day with a small headed toothbrush combined with a fluoride toothpaste will help stop the build up of plaque around your teeth and gums. If not removed the plaque irritates the gums causing gum disease. If still not removed it can cause advanced gum disease, which not only causes persistent bad breath but a permanent bad taste too.
- Many forget to clean the tongue. Use a special cleaning tool called a tongue scraper or alternatively just use your toothbrush to clean your tongue. Poke your tongue out as far as possible and try to clean right at the back as this is where most of the bacteria can be found.
- Clean in between the teeth using floss or interdental brushes. We miss cleaning 1/3 of our tooth structure by not doing this daily.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash to help your breath feel fresh.
Another tip is to chew sugar free chewing gum to help stimulate saliva production and stop your mouth from feeling dry. If you smoke then it is highly recommended that you try to stop. Smoking not only has an effect on your breath, but your whole body too. In fact if you smoke then it is highly likely that you don’t realise how bad your breath smells as smoking also has an effect on your sense of smell!
If you are following all this advice and are still experiencing bad breath then you should book an appointment with the dentist. He can advise you further. If the bad breath is still persistent then you should consider seeing your doctor.