How to avoid bad breath
What can you do if you are struggling with bad breath?
- Understand what the causes are
- Identify what you can do to remedy bad breath
- Develop habits to protect you from bad breath in the future
What are the common causes of bad breath?
- Smoking cigarettes
- Food (onion, garlic, coffee and alcohol)
- Having a dry mouth
- Poor oral care
- Acid Reflux
- Medical issues (e.g. diabetes)
Often bad breath is caused by ineffective oral hygiene. Brushing infrequently and incorrectly results in a build of plaque, which contains bacteria. The bacteria develop an odour, which is what gives you bad smelling breath. Food debris in your mouth or stuck between teeth can also be a source of bad smelling breath as is goes through the process of soiling. Saliva and staying hydrated therefore has a vital role in removing food debris after eating.
Eating and drinking specific foods can also contribute to bad smelling breath. Food with strong aromas such as onion, garlic, alcohol and coffee can cause bad breath. Not only do these foods contribute to bad breath directly after eating them, but they can also cause bad breath for as long as they are in your system. This happens through the process of absorption into the bloodstream, where the scent is then transferred to the lungs and then as the odour on your breath.
How to protect yourself from bad breath
An easy way to identify the cause of bad breath is by speaking with your dentist. With our expertise, we can help you work out the reason and the most effective way to deal with it. In some circumstances when the cause of bad breath is suspected of having an underlying systemic cause, we may refer you to the appropriate person to best help you to overcome bad breath.
Want to avoid bad breath? Follow these tips!
- Brush two times a day and floss every day too. Brushing is unable to clean all the surfaces of your teeth, so flossing is an essential daily habit!
- Staying hydrated is vital for general health, but particularly for oral health. Drink at least two litres of water per day.
- Take care of your tongue. Bacteria exist on your tongue, so either brushing it or using a tongue scraper is an effective way to prevent bad breath
- Sugar-free chewing gum. Chewing gum between meals helps to remove food from your teeth/mouth and increase your flow of saliva, which is essential for a has a neutral pH for your mouth and also prevents the development of cavities
- Reduce your consumption of strong foods (garlic, onion, alcohol and coffee)
- Reduce/Quit smoking – speaking to your dentist is a great place to start to help you quit
- Regular dental visits for check-ups and cleans. This is an excellent opportunity to help you improve your brushing and flossing technique and diagnose any potential problems early on.