Having bad breath can really knock your confidence. Imagine being worried every time you smile and talk that you are emitting unpleasant odours from your mouth which are being noticed by your peers and colleagues. Bad breath is not something that you have to put up with and there a number of simple ways you can combat it.
Bad breath – the medical name is halitosis – is brought on by bacteria in the mouth. The best way to beat bad breath is to ensure that these bacteria are removed. The bacteria can be caused by excess plaque in the mouth so it is essential that this plaque is removed by brushing and flossing properly. Plaque is formed every time you eat food, especially food that is particularly sugary and starchy. You should brush and floss at least twice a day and after meals too if the problem with bad breath is bad.
The bacteria causing bad breath can build up on the tongue so you might wish to brush your tongue too as part of your home oral hygiene routine. Be sure to brush gently though as your tongue is a sensitive organ and you don’t want to damage it.
Chewing gum is an effective way to relieve the symptoms of bad breath, particularly if you are on the move. The often minty flavour is pleasant to smell and the motion of chewing helps to stimulate saliva and dislodge food debris.
Sometimes dentists might recommend that you use a special mouthwash to combat bad breath. In some cases bad breath can be a signal of a deeper problem with your mouth, gum disease perhaps. You ought to contact your Merseyside dentist if you are suffering from bad breath and want more advice about how to eliminate it.