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You don’t want breath like a camel do you?

bad breathAre you covering your mouth with your hand when you talk in fear of your friends having to look the other way? Sounds like you have bad breath (aka Halitosis) but we can help you with our daily tips towards healthy breath!

What causes bad breath?

There can be several causes of bad breath. Often it can be prevented by good oral hygiene but sometimes your mouth is trying to tell you something which can require medical intervention. So it is important to work out what is causing your breath to smell badly, check out our tips below. If you’re unsure make an appointment to see one of our dentists and they can help you work out a plan.

Our top ten tips for good oral hygiene:

  1. Brushing twice a day with a good fluoride toothpaste. Brushing your teeth before you go to bed is especially important.
  2. Use a non-alcoholic mouthwash at a different time to brushing or at least 30 minutes afterwards. Keep in mind that if a dental problem is the cause of chronic bad breath, a mouth rinse will only mask the odour and not cure it.
  3. Floss or use an interdental brush, daily. Plaque builds up on your teeth and collects bacteria that causes bad breath.
  4. Don’t forget your tongue! Use your toothbrush to brush your tongue to remove any residue between the taste buds and folds in the tongue.
  5. Visit your dentist. If you have chronic bad breath you should visit your dentist first. This will rule out if the bad breath is from a systemic (internal) source such as an infection or diabetes.
  6. Book regular check-ups at The Boathouse, normally every six months. During an examination, the dentist checks not just your teeth but inside your mouth, gums and tongue. So will spot anything untoward that you can treat or prevent worsening. These are particularly vital if you have a medical condition that can affect your oral health or undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy as you’re more prone to bad breath.
  7. If you wear dentures or removal braces clean these daily to remove food debris.
  8. Water, water! Drink regularly during the day.
  9. Food glorious food! Think about what you eat – onions, garlic, curries and strong flavours will reflect in your breath. Don’t miss meals. An empty stomach can cause bad breath due to acid build up in the stomach. At least munch on a carrot, apple or celery stick. Fresh fruit and vegetables increase your saliva flow which helps wash away bacteria within your mouth that can cause bad breath.
  10. Quit smoking and avoid tobacco products. Tobacco can dry out your mouth and leave an unpleasant smell that lingers even after brushing your teeth. So another reason to give up!

The Boathouse team want you to look after your teeth and gums and prevent problems occurring so if you haven’t had an examination in the last six months please give us a call. It can not only help your mouth but your bank balance!

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