Bad breath can be a very embarrassing problem to have. The good news is that there are simple ways of tackling unpleasant oral odours and keeping your mouth clean and fresh. Here are 5 simple steps you can take:
- Brush twice a day: poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of chronic bad breath. To avoid bad breath and boost your oral health at the same time, make sure you brush your teeth twice a day. You should cover every individual tooth, and set a timer to make sure you brush for long enough. We recommend brushing for at least 2 minutes.
- Book a dental check: if you suffer from bad breath on a regular basis, this could be a sign of underlying dental issues. We recommend booking a routine check, so that our dentists can take a look and make sure that your mouth is healthy. If there are issues, we will try and remedy them as quickly as possible.
- Chew sugar-free gum: many people find that their breath smells after eating. Chewing gum after mealtimes can help to freshen the breath and improve your oral health by cleaning the mouth and stimulating saliva production, which neutralises acids. Chew for 1-2 minutes and always make sure you buy sugar-free gum.
- See a dental hygienist: if you’re prone to bad breath, it’s hugely beneficial to see a dental hygienist. Dental hygienists are experts in oral hygiene, and they can offer advice, as well as intensive cleaning treatments to banish bad breath for good.
- Brush your tongue: many of us make the effort to clean our teeth, but do you brush your tongue? Many cases of bad breath are associated with a build-up of bacteria, which develops on the tongue. Take a minute to brush your tongue or use a tongue cleaner when you’ve finished cleaning your teeth to keep bad breath at bay.
If you have any questions about oral hygiene, don’t hesitate to get in touch!