Bad breath is something people always want to avoid, but it can be difficult to notice it yourself. If you are unaware that you have bad breath, it can quickly become very embarrassing, especially in certain social situations when it’s pointed out to you!
Your. Heart. Sinks. And things get awkward quickly.
But don’t worry it’s extremely common – almost everyone no matter what age, whether they want to admit it or not, has experienced bad breath (also known as halitosis)
The good news is, it’s completely preventable! Trust us you are not alone.
In this blog, we want to share with you the causes, and how to prevent halitosis.
- Dehydration; if your mouth becomes dry this will slow down the production of saliva. Without saliva, excess food particles or bacteria will not be washed away, causing pungent breath.
- Foods; that leave an after taste like garlic/onions are known to give you bad breath but not to worry this is usually temporary!
- Smoking; tobacco is a source of bad breath! It can also aid dehydration and make your mouth more prone to inflammation & infections.
- Infections; if you experience nasal infections for example sinusitis/congestion, or lung infections like bronchitis, these infections will produce mucus, which can contributes to bad breath. This is usually short term until the infection improves.
- Gum disease; if you don’t have good oral hygiene bad bacteria will form and remain in your mouth, and it will become a danger zone for gum disease.
- Stay hydrated by drinking at least two litres of water a day, as it’s key for the production of saliva. When consuming alcohol be mindful that it causes dehydration, so when you indulge drink plenty of water as this will avoid having a dry mouth and bad breath the next day!
- Avoid smoking – if you’re a smoker it can be hard to give up, but if you are looking to improve your oral health then it’s best to kick the habit! Speak with your dentist and he/she will provide you with plenty advice and support.
- Floss regularly – at least once a day as it disturbs the bacteria that is trapped between the teeth allowing it to change into good bacteria.
- Brush your teeth twice a day, pay particular attention to the back areas of your mouth and tongue as this is where bacteria loves to grow. This will ensure that only good bacteria will remain in your mouth.
- Change your toothbrush at least every three months.
- Mouthwash is a great way to fight bad breath but be sure the mouthwash that you select doesn’t contain alcohol.
- If you consume bad smelling foods, chewing gum can be used to mask the smell. It also stimulates the production of saliva. Just be mindful that chewing gum is only a temporary solution to bad breath, but if you’ve a chronic issue with experiencing it then you need to address this properly and visit a dental professional.
- Visit your hygienist as they specialise in gum related issues. They will thoroughly clean your teeth and will ensure your gums stay healthy and strong. FYI – Healthy gums are pink and firm!
These may or may not work, but some people swear by them!
- Lick the back of your hand. Let your saliva dry and then smell that area. Whatever you smell, will reflect the condition of your breath.
- Cup your hands together and exhale into them – this way you can smell your breath for yourself.
- Apple cider vinegar – in theory it can be used for its antibacterial benefits, however it’s something we wouldn’t recommend to cure bad breath as it won’t treat the problem that’s causing it in the first place!
- If all else fails – ask someone who is always honest with you like your partner, good friend or family member.
If you have any concerns please visit your dentist or hygienist. If you have any questions feel free to contact us on our social media and we will get back to you! We also offer dental advice in our newsletter,so be sure to subscribe and become a Spotlighter today!
Lisa & Vanessa Xx