If you suffer from bad breath, you may find yourself hiding your mouth as much as you can. You may also avoid talking in close proximity to others or try to face away, with the fear that they will notice the smell of your breath when you speak. Bad breath can stem from various factors but can have a profound effect on your confidence if you are not sure how to tackle the issue.
For our latest post, we discuss the common causes of bad breath and provide top tips on how to tackle the issue so you can feel fully confident with your oral health.
It will come as no surprise that poor oral hygiene is often the cause of bad breath. If you forget to brush your teeth or do not floss between your teeth, any trapped food will be broken down by bacteria and begin to produce unpleasant smelling gasses.
Bacteria can also live on your tongue so it is important that you clean your tongue as part of your daily brushing routine. Many toothbrushes now come with a tongue cleaner on the back of the head of the toothbrush. To use the tongue brush, start from the back of your tongue and rub the brush in one motion towards the tip of your tongue, wash the head of the brush and repeat as necessary. Alternatively, you will find a wide range of tongue cleaning implements on the market that have been designed with the sole purpose of cleaning this area of your mouth.
Food and Drink
It goes without saying that the food and drink you consume can change the smell of your breath, if only temporary. If you’re concerned that the food or drink you consume has a negative effect on your breath, consider taking your toothbrush to work with you or carrying a travel sized bottle of mouthwash. Even if you are not able to get rid of the smell or taste completely, your mouth will feel cleaner and fresher.
In addition to the cleanliness of your mouth and your diet, smoking, medication and some medical conditions can also cause the smell of your breath to change for a wide variety of reasons.
Love-Teeth Dental Practice
If you are concerned about bad breath, please make an appointment with our friendly team. We’ll discuss your concerns and provide suitable solutions to ensure you can feel fully confident once again. Book online or call 0161 773 7080.